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Charlotte 'Lottie' Jane Rivers Toy, daughter of John Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Hodge


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Toy family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Toy, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origins of surname

References for this surname on otherwise very reliable websites are somewhat vague. The Surname Database, which we regularly refer to, says: 'The nickname when applied was apparently given to someone who was particularly light-hearted or frivolous in his behaviour, although a further and more logical suggestion is that it may have applied to people who were good at sport and games'.

This seems to be nothing more than guesswork, and there appears to be no evidence to link the family name to the word commonly applied today to a child's plaything. Several other sources suggest that 'toy' was a Medieval nickname for a light-hearted or frivolous person.

Dictionary.com dates the origin of 'toy' about 1275-1325, and suggests that it is 'of obscure origin'. The Surname Database suggests that this is one of the earliest of all surnames, which can trace its origin to a personal name around 200 AD. It refers to a record for Aldwin Toie of Devon, in the 1184 Pipe Rolls.

The North-Western Hotel was on the St Mary side of Greve de Lecq bay in 1852. It only had this name for a short time. A year earlier it is listed in the census as Greve de Lecq House, and it soon became known as Greve de Lecq Hotel. In the middle of the 19th century it was run by John Matthew Toy, who came to Jersey from Cornwall and lived at the hotel with his wife and 13 children, the last five born in Jersey.

Much research of the Toy families of Cornwall was done by The Venerable Thomas Barfett in his book The Toy family of Cornwall. He was Archdeacon of Hereford from 1977 to 1982, but spent the greater part of his ministry in Cornwall. Thomas Barfett was married to Edna Toy. He had been involved in some 50 years of family research and was a past president of the Cornwall Family History Society.

He raised questions regarding the origin of the Toy/Toye/Toit/du Toit family of Cornwall, with possible ties to the French Huguenots who arrived in England after 1574. One belief is the family name Toy is of Norman/Viking Origin, descending from a Viking of Normandy named Toui le Prud, who has been well researched. Another belief is the name originates from the 'Toye' French Huguenots who arrived in England after 1574.

We have to conclude that 'nobody really knows'.

Early records

John M Toy (what the M stood for seems to have been lost) was shown as 'hotel keeper' of the Greve de Lecq Hotel in the 1851 census. He appears to have arrived in Jersey about 1845 with his wife Elizabeth Hodge and eight of their 12 children, having moved from Helston in Cornwall, where he was born in 1814, the son of Stephen and Anne Secombe. We are not certain whether he owned the hotel. An advertisement in 1852, when the establishment was called the North-Western Hotel, describes him as proprietor, a term which was often used in the mid-19th century to describe a person running a business, whether or not they owned it.

His family tree is linked below. He was not, however, the first to bear the name in Jersey. John Robert, the son of John and Marie Toy, was baptised in Grouville in 1750, and there were further baptisms of Ann, the daughter of John and Mary and Edward, son of Henry and Sarah, in St Helier in 1806 and 1808 respectively.

Three births of Toy daughters were registered in St Mary between 1842 and 1861, before John and Elizabeth's final five children were born in St Peter and St Mary between 1845 and 1860.


Variants

  • Toy
  • Toye
  • Toie

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  • Frederick Edgar Toy (1871- ) (St O) son of Charlotte Jane, CSM, Labour Corps


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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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