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Francis Abraham Viel (1847-1921) born in St Saviour, the son of Francois Louis and Douce, nee Le Huquet, husband of Ann Le Vesconte

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Origins of surname

This name appears to be peculiar to Normandy, where it is still quite common today. It has its origins either in the French word vieille (old), or the medieval personal name which was a popular form of 'Vital', of whom there were several saints. The Latin root suggests someone alive or lively, which is almost the opposite of the other derivation.

Early records

There are just three Viel households in Jersey today. Church records start with the marriage of Nicollas to Marguitte Piouet (Pirouet?), daughter of Mathieu, in St Brelade in 1572, but there are no baptism records until the children of Elie, Mathieu and Jean in St Peter in the 1630s.

However, other records show that the name was present in Jersey as far back as the 13th century, and the alternative spellings lend weight to the theory that this family at least can trace its origins to the French word vieille.


  • Viel, 1299
  • Viell, 1528
  • Le Veeil 15c

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Viel 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

1704 will of Elie Viel
  • Abraham Viel, 37 Pier Road, St Helier 12 June 1915 28 August 1915- 7 August 1918, D/Y/A/78
  • Charles Viel - 22 August 1936, D/Y/A/99
  • Elie Viel 23 March 1706 - D/Y/A/3
  • Eugenie Viel, Mont Les Vaux, St Aubin, St Brelade - 22 March 1921, D/Y/A/81
  • George Viel residing near Les Niemes, Croix-au-Lion, St Peter - 11 June 1925, D/Y/A/85
  • Georgina Viel née Sebire, 10 Craig Street, St Helier - 19 February 1937, D/Y/A/100
  • Jacques Viel of Picauville dit Le Pont L'Abé, Department of Manche, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 10s 19 January 1828 - D/Y/A/21
  • Jeanne Viel, widow of William Le Boutillier, of St Peter, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, £20 tournois of the order of the King, desires to be buried in St Peter's cemetery 4 February 1826 - D/Y/A/20
  • Marie Viel, St Brelade - 27 March 1895, D/Y/A/54
  • Susan Viel, 5 Stopford Road, St Helier - 5 October 1945, D/Y/A/114

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