Origin of surname
The derivation of the name is from the French for 'large' or 'fatty'.
This family name appears in Jersey at the end of the 13th century, and in Guernsey at the beginning of the same century. The name first appears in the Assize Roll of 1309. There are two family members, Robert and Thomas, mentioned in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550
Thomas le Gros and sons were involved in the building of the Hospital (after a fire), Victoria and Albert Piers, Bonne Nuit, and Creux Harbour, Sark.
- Le Gros, 1255
- Gros, 1331
- Le Groas 1299
- Le Gros Bisson is a separate family and we have no separated records for this family from Le Gros in our database
This name shares the antiquity common to all cognomens derived from personal accessories, and occurs very early in the annals of the Channel Islands. It frequently appears in the official Records of Guernsey of the 13th century. In 1204 John Le Gros was a Jurat of the Royal Court of that island; and in 1248 Peter Le Gros, or Grosse, appears as one of the Inquisitors appointed to declare before the Justices-Itinerant, the services, customs, and liberties, of its people.
In 1292 the name appears in Jersey, in an instrument dated on St Clement's Day, in that year. By the Extente of 1331, Guille Le Gros appears as one of the twelve sworn men called upon to declare the King's rights and dues in the parish of St John. In the latter part of the 16th century a member of the family settled in England, who is described, in a deed under his hand and seal, concerning certain property which he held at Peckham, as Peter Le Grose late of Her Majesty's Isle of Jersey.
Another of the name settled in Sark, soon after its colonization by the Seigneur of St Ouen, and was possessed of one of the forty freeholds of that island. Several of his descendants were “Juges et Capitaines de I'isle de Sere" ; one of whom, John Le Gros, was Judge there, and married Elizabeth Le Pelley of Guernsey. He left one son, who died without issue, and three daughters : Mary, wife of Philip Slowley; Elizabeth, wife of John De Jersey ; and Susan, wife of Nicholas Le Pelley; which latter subsequently purchased the Seigneurie of Sark of the descendants of James Milner, of Weston Green, Surrey, who became its possessor in 1721, by purchase of the trustees of Sir Charles Carteret.
In the churchyard of St Saviour is a cenotaph to the memory of Capt John Le Gros, RN, an officer of no mean reputation; he married a sister of Admiral D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon, and left an only daughter, who died unmarried.
Among the various branches of this widely diffused family is one which settled, in the beginning of the 17th century, in the parish of St Helier, in the person of Elias Le Gros, who enjoyed a small estate there, in right of his wife, Mary Dumaresq. From him descends Gervais Le Gros, of Jesus College, Cambridge, the Greffier of Jersey. (See Seafield)
Another branch has been located for several centuries in the parish of Trinity; one of whose sections is represented by John Le Gros Esq., MRCS., Eng., LRCP., Edin. John Le Gros, Constable of St Lawrence, represents a third branch of the family.
As borne by Gervais Le Gros: Azure, three lions, rampant, or; a chief, argent.
Impaling: Argent, a lion, passant, gules, a mullet for difference, for Le Quesne.
Crest : A dexter arm, embowed, ppr, vested gules, holding by the blade a sword, point downwards, argent, hilted, or.
Motto : In Deo confido.
- Descendants of Pierre Le Gros
- Descendants of Pierre Le Gros and Catherine Denize
- Descendants of Philippe Le Gros and Jeanne Le Bas of Trinity
- Descendants of Robin Le Gros
- Descendants of Jacques Le Gros
- Descendants of Jean Le Gros
- Descendants of Jacques Le Gros and Marie Marie [Maire]
- Descendants of Raulin Le Gros
- Descendants of Pierre Le Gros - 2, St Lawrence family
- Descendants of Benest Le Gros
- Descendants of Jean Le Gros and Susanne Laurens
- Descendants of Elie Le Gros Added 2017
- Descendants of Jean Le Gros and Jeanne Le Cras Added 2017
- Descendants of Elie Le Gros - 2 Added 2018
- Descendants of Philippe Le Gros and Elizabeth Le Feuvre Added 2022
- Le Gros baptisms in Jersey
- Le Gros marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Gros marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Gros burials in Jersey
- T Le Gros involved in meeting concerning reform of the States in 1848
- Royal Court considered election contested by John Le Gros and George Bigrel
Great War service
- Le Gros family members who served in World War 1
- Presentation to Sergeant Charles Aubin Le Gros, MM, at the Town Hall
Captain Clement Le Gros
Clement Le Gros, the son of farmer Jean and Anne, Nee Clement, was born in St Lawrence in 1837. He married Jane Nicolle in the same parish in 1868. He obtained his master's certificate in 1865 and was captain of the Ocean Bride in 1873 when she was sailing out of Sydney, Australia.
A crewlist for an Ocean Bride voyage from Port Louis to Sydney in 1873 shows him as Master, with a number of Jerseymen in his crew, including Charles Perchard, Francis Alexander and Philip Hamon. Ocean Bride was built in Jersey but Clement Le Gros is not listed as a sea captain in John Jean's Jersey Sailing Ships, and we have been unable to identify him in any of our Le Gros family trees.
He had retired from the sea by 1880, when he was elected Constable of St Lawrence. He was elected a Jurat nine years after that.
Le Gros in Canada
These pictures are of from an album of Le Gros family members who emigrated to Canada
- John Le Gros was a draper at 56 King Street in the 1840s
- Ironmonger Jean Le Gros was in business in the 1830s at 13 Queen Street, followed by his son up to the 1860s
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