Origin of Surname
Le Roux was a redhead or had a good suntan.
The name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309, with Jean Le Rous, who was a juror in St Saviour. In 1324, Raoul and Guillaume Le Roux were jurors for the same parish, and Guillaume Le Roux, probably the same man, a St Saviour land holder, served again in this role in 1331. In that year, Raoul Le Roux held land in St Saviour and Richard Le Roux held land in St Brelade. Guy de Gruchy added to the holding of "land in St Brelade" the words "where the name still survives in the form Le Petevin dit Le Roux." If this is correct, Le Petevin will have been added to the name in about 1574. The home of this branch was probably at the top of Le Mont au Roux, overlooking La Haule.
Johan and Thomas Le Roux appear in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550
De Gruchy writes that the home of the St Saviour`s branch of this family was La Maison au Roux, on the Fief de Grainville. Guillaume Le Roux, son of Nicolas, a Jurat, 1496-1498, was the last of this branch. His property was inherited by a branch of the Lemprieres, Clement Lempriere having married, circa 1510, Jeanette, his only daughter and heiress, by his wife, Jeanette, daughter of Nicolas Morin, the Island`s former Baillif. The Lemprieres held this property until about 1600 when it was sold to Richard de Carteret. It was situated at the junction of Springfield Road and St Saviour`s Road, in the latter parish. Regrettably, only a high wall remains, featuring the initials of later owners, Le Hardy.
Le Roux and Le Petevin were evidently once separate surnames. That they always represented the same family, seems unlikely, because Le Roux baptisms can be found as early as 1560 and their name features in official documents from 1309, whilst Le Petevin dit Le Roux baptisms begin only in 1574. However, Le Petevin may have been adopted, in the age-old Island custom, by the St Brelade branch of Le Roux, to distinguish them from other branches, or perhaps to recognise an heiress. Other examples of the custom abound, such as Le Vavasseur dit Durell and Valpy dit Janvrin, in which we see the merging of two separate surnames.
- Helier Le Roux was born in St Brelade about 1564 and married Collette Martel, daughter of Laurent and Richarde Valpy-dit-Janvrin
- Nicolas Le Roux was born in St Brelade about 1535
- Genette Le Roux was born in St Peter in about 1582 and married Thomas Balleine
- Thomas Poitevin dit Le Roux (1642- ) m Marie Langlois, d of Helier and Marie Estur
- Le Roux, 1461
- Le Petevin dit Le Roux
- Le Roulx 1607
- de Roux 1528
- Rooue 1512
Possibly separate family Le Rous, 1299
- Le Rous dit Le Vallot 1453
- la Rause 1320
- Le Rougetel, almost certainly a separate family
- Rue, Larue will be brought up in Web searches for Roux because they are pronounced very similarly, but the derivation is entirely different
The two trees above are essentially the same descendancy, with minor differences in detail. They should be studied together
- Descendants of Sohier Le Roux, more a Sohier than a Le Roux tree
- Le Roux baptisms in Jersey
- Le Roux marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Roux marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Roux burials in Jersey
Le Petevin dit Le Roux
- Le Petevin dit Le Roux baptisms in Jersey
- Le Petevin dit Le Roux marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Petevin dit Le Roux marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Petevin dit Le Roux burials in Jersey
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