Origins of surname
This is a name common in the Manche department of Normandy and further north in Nord, Pas de Calais and Belgium. It is derived from a personal name which is the male equivalent of Mathilde.
The family name appears to have disappeared from Jersey twice. It is first found in church records in the 1630s, although the name is found in the island spelt Mahaud as early as 1309. There were two families in the 1630s, one in St Ouen and the other in St Lawrence. It is probable that they had a common ancestor, but there is no documentary evidence to support that belief.
The last St Ouen birth was in 1680, and the last male births registered were in St Lawrence and Trinity, where a branch had become established, both in 1727. By the early 19th century the name appears to have died out, but it reappeared later in the century with the arrival of Jean Aimable Mahaut and his wife Anne Henriette Quenault from France, followed by Alphonse Hyppolyte Mahaut and his wife Marie Louise Le Mortellec (or Le Maitre), who first settled in Guernsey.
Although both couples raised families in Jersey, there appear to be no surviving descendants today.
- Mahaut, 1749
- Mahault, 1607
- Maghault, 1528
- Mahaud, 1309
- Mahaut baptisms in Jersey
- Mahaut marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Mahaut marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Mahaut burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Mahaut 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
- Thomasse Mahault 22 May 1675 - D/Y/A/1
- Jean Mahaut of St Lawrence, bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £33 6 sols 8 deniers of the order of the King 26 August 1786 - D/Y/A/14
- John Mahaut, planter of Harbour Grace, below Bears Cove, Newfoundland 15 November 1762 - D/Y/A/10
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