Origins of surname
It is a form of Jezequel, or Judicael in old Breton. It means 'son of Iudhael', which in turn means a generous and noble seigneur. In the 7th century there was a king of Brittany called Judicael, who became a monk and was made a saint.
The name first appears in Jersey in the middle of the 19th century, but there is just one birth registered in the 1850s, and then a gap until the last decade of the century.
This name is found frequently in Brittany, most notably in Bain de Bretagne in the department of Ile et Vilaine. However, one of the first to arrive in Jersey came from Ploeuc-sur-Lie in Cotes d'Armor, as did so many immigrant farm workers in the 19th century. Others came from nearby towns.
We have been unable to fit the family whose gravestones appear below into any tree. The grave appears to contain the remains of L M Gicquel (1868-1937), his son Raymond (1913-1985), dughter-in-law Myra Maud, nee Journeaux (1921-2010) and daughters Olive (1910-1978) and Alice Marie.
- Gicquel baptisms in Jersey
- Gicquel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Gicquel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Gicquel burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Jean Marie Baptiste Gicquel (1833-1931) (St My) son of Pierre Jacques and Jeanne Marie Courtel, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- Pierre Francois Gicquel (1876-1924) (Ploeuc-sur-Lie) son of Guillaume Mathurin Gicquel and Mathurine Marsouin, husband of Marie Jeanne Le Gallais (St L), French Infantry
These wills created by members of the Gicquel 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
- Mary Gicquel, widow of Jacques Marie Rimeur - 11 March 1935, D/Y/A/97
- Toussaint Gicquel of 27 St Saviour's Road, St Helier - 17 January 1898, D/Y/A/57
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