Origin of surname
The name is ancient French, specifically Norman, in origin and is derived from canivet, quenivet, the name of a cutler or the users of knives such as barbers and surgeons. The name is still found throughout Normandy today.
The name first appears in Jersey records in the mid 16th century, in St Saviour and then Grouville. It is still present in Jersey today. The three trees below appear to be distinct family lines, but it is not known whether they have a common ancestor in Jersey or derive from separate immigrants.
- Canivet baptisms in Jersey
- Canivet marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Canivet marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Canivet burials in Jersey
Family histories and biographies
Great War service
- Ernest Higgins Canivet (1888- ) (St B) son of Philip Thomas and Mary Ann Higgins, Private, Royal Field Artillery
These wills created by members of the Canivet 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
- Canivet : Alfred Charles , of 2, Somerton Villas, Green Road, St Clement - 23/May/1975 , 23/May/1975 , D/Y/B1/223/12
- Canivet : Anne , widow of Matthieu de Gruchy of St Helier 03/02/1784 Bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 tournois of the order of the King , to Elie Canivet, her brother, her capital in money, placed stocks in England - Unknown date , 25/Nov/1785 , D/Y/A/13/130
- Canivet : Charles Alfred , of Cramborne Lodge, Byron Lane, St Helier - 07/Nov/1979 , 07/Nov/1979 , D/Y/B1/309/4
- Canivet : Jean , of Grouville 30/09/1805 Bequeaths to the poor of Grouville, £9 of French currency - Unknown date , 25/Jan/1806 , D/Y/A/17/2
- Canivet : Jean , son of Jean of St Lawrence 08/05/1779 Bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £10 tournois of the order of the King - Unknown date , 20/Jun/1789 , D/Y/A/14/92
- Canivet : Nicolas , ... - 04/Feb/1706 , 13/Feb/1706 , D/Y/A/3/82
...and back from serving as a private in the Royal Field Artillery in the Great War, Ernest, younger son of Edwin and Mary Ann, nee Higgins, poses for a family portrait with his wife Anna Elizabeth, nee Vautier, and their children Ernest Edwin, Vera Mabel and Beryl Ada.
Canivet sea captains, father and son, Descendants_of_Gedeon_CanyvetPhilip Thomas Canivet and Ernest Higgins Canivet, photographed in Hobart. They are not included in the definitive list in Jersey Sailing Ships but the photograph is part of the author, John Jean's, collection
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