Origins of surname
We have not been able to find any derivation for this name in any of its variations, although it is still found in limited numbers throughout France today, particularly in the Manche and Calvados departments of Normandy. We believe that it is likely to have derived from paysan, the French for 'peasant'. It is also possible that it is a diminuitive of Payn.
This is a very old name in Jersey, with records found as far back as the beginning of the 13th century. However, the original family or families appear to have died out before the advent of church baptism registers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The family name reappeared briefly in the early 18th century with the arrival of the Huguenot refugee family headed by Jacques, whose name can be found in the St Helier burial registers along with his daughters Madeleine and Marie.
The name can be found in Jersey today, and this family can probably trace its origin to Louis Honore Paisnel, from France, who married Elizabeth Marie Flanagan in St Brlade in 1835, and Pierre Valentin Paisnel, who married Marie Monamy in St Helier two years later. How and if the two men were related is unclear, but both appear to be from families which can be traced back to Montchaton, a small town to the south-west of Coutances on the nearby Normandy coast.
A short family tree below starts with Pierre Valentin.
The second tree is believed to show the ancestry of Pierre Valentin, but this has not been fully confirmed.
The third tree is believed to show the ancestry of Louis Honore, but this has also not been fully confirmed.
- Paisnel, 1668
- Peynell c1340
- Paeinel 1331
- Paynell c1309
- Paynel, 1274
- Paganellus c1309
- Painell 1207
- Paisnel baptisms in Jersey
- Paisnel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Paisnel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Paisnel burials in Jersey
Coats of arms
Pre-1500 Paisnel arms researched by Julian Wilson
Paisnel family histories
- Edward Paisnel, the 'Beast of Jersey'
Great War service
- Albert Philip Paisnel (1890- ) (Gr) son of Francis and Emily, ex-RMIJ, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- John James Paisnel (1884- ) (St C) son of Francis and Emilie Judith, ex-RMIJ, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment
These wills created by members of the Paisnel 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
- Isidore Paisnel - 7 October 1922, D/Y/A/82
- Edouard Paisnel, 6 Metivier Lane, St Helier - 27 May 1936, D/Y/A/99
- Emile Paisnel, St Martin, bequeaths to Ada Jane Collas for life Le Boulivot de Bas, reversion to Emile John Louis Paisnel and George Isidore Paisnel - 31 October 1945, D/Y/A/114
We have been sent further Paisnel images from a family album, which undoubtedly include family members as well as friends. We are hoping that it will prove possible to identify some of them and add them individually to this page in due course
- Jambart Villa, St Clement
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