Origins of surname
The name means 'the hand' in French, and was presumably given to somebody who was skilled with his hands. Strangely the name does not feature in any of our usual sources for the derivation of French surnames.
The name first appears in Jersey records in the 1870s and came to Jersey from Ploeuc-sur-Lie in northern Brittany, the town which provided the island with the largest number of seasonal farmworkers, many of whom settled and raised families.
- Le Main
- Le Mains is found more often than Le Main in Jersey birth records, but it is probably an error, because the plural would be Les Mains. We have standardised on Le Main in our database.
- Le Main baptisms in Jersey
- Le Main marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Main marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Main burials in Jersey
Family members who served in World War 1
- Jacques Francois Le Mains (St L), Private, Royal Jersey Garrison Battalion
These wills created by members of the Le Main 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
- Gaspard Le Main, Netherton Farm, St Ouen - 28 September 1938, D/Y/A/103
- Francis Le Mains - 1 December 1923, D/Y/A/83
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