Turmel family page
Jean Marie Turmel married Jeanne Louise Jouan in Trinity in 1880
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Origins of surname
This is a name of Breton origin, and two different derivations are suggested by French experts. The first is that it is a diminuitive of tourme, an old word for a troop or flock, and would have meant a shepherd. Alternatively it is seen as a variant of the name Tourmel, also found in Brittany, and derived from 'tour' = tower, and 'men' (de maen) = of stone.
The Turmel family is one of many to come to Jersey from Ploeuc-sur-Lie in the Cotes d'Armor department of north Brittany, as agricultural workers in the late 19th century. There was also a long-established Turmel family in Hirel, a small seaside commune to the east of St Malo, and attempts have been made to link Jersey families to this tree. However, we are not confident in any of those links and believe that it is more likely that all the Turmels in Jersey are linked to Ploeuc, although it seems that several different individuals, not necessarily very closely related, came separately to Jersey from the 1840s onwards.
These wills created by members of the Turmel family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Guillaume Turmel, Grouville - 26 May 1920, D/Y/A/80
- François Turmel, Orange Farm, St Brelade - 13 June 1934, D/Y/A/96
- Anne Turmel, Passage, St Lawrence, widow of François Alexis Hamon - 6 February 1942, D/Y/A/109
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