Origin of Surname
This is a surname of French or possibly German-French origins. There appear to be two possible sources. The first according to the Dictionnaire Etymologique de France is as a dialectal Normandy version of the personal name 'Gautier', itself a development of the old German 'Walter'.
The second possibility is as a nickname from the Middle French vautor meaning a bird of prey.
It is a very old name in Jersey, appearing in the Extente of 1274, with Radulphus Walteri (Raoul Vautier) in St Saviour.
In the 1309 Assize Roll, there is named Marion, daughter of Jean Wautier, St Ouen, with which parish the name has long been associated. In the 1331 Extente, the following Vautiers appear in various parishes: Pierre, Guillaume, Renaud, Colin and Raoul.
Guillaume Vautier was Rector of St Brelade, 1523-1545. His heir, in 1545, was Sire Johan Vautier, priest.
Edmond and Sire Guillaume appear in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.
The first baptism records were in St Martin and neighbouring Grouville at the end of the 16th century. This no doubt is because the earliest surviving registers of St Ouen, where most Vautiers then resided, begin only in 1634.
- Elizabeth Vautier was born in St Saviour, Guernsey about 1604 and married Jean de la Mare on 2 February 1625. She died in July 1646.
- Vauthier, French form
- Voutier, a change adopted by some emigrant Vautiers
Jersey family trees
- Descendants of Pierre Vautier of Portinfer
- Descendants of Abraham Vautier of Leoville
- Descendants of Pierre Vautier
- Descendants of Jean Vautier
- Descendants of Clement Vautier
- Descendants of Henry Vautier Added 2021
- Vautier baptisms in Jersey
- Vautier marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Vautier marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Vautier burials in Jersey
Great War service
Philippe and Catherine Vautier: Emigrants to New Zealand
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