Origins of surname
The name may have come to England after the Norman Conquest, as both a personal and family name. It is derived from roi, meaning king, and probably referred to someone who behaved as if he were a king, rather than actually being one.
Le Roy is by far the oldest variant found in Jersey, with records as early as 1331. Among church records can be found the marriage of Henry Le Roy and Marie Le Brocq in St Brelade in 1673, followed by the baptism of their children from that year until 1681. This family line did not continue and it was not until the mid 18th century that a family became established.
Roy is found from the beginning of the 18th century, but again it was not until the middle of that century that a family became established.
There is evidence of some cross-over between the names in the same family groups. The marriage of Pierre Le Roy and Sara Le Manquais in St Brelade in 1802 is followed by the baptism records of their nine children in which he is shown as Pierre Roy.
Both names are first found in the St Brelade registers.
- Le Roy, 1331
- Le Roi
- Roy baptisms in Jersey
- Roy marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Roy marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Roy burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Roy 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
- Marie Roy of St Brelade, widow of Philippe Laurens, bequeaths to the poor of St Mary, 6 livres of French currency 9 April 1853 - D/Y/A/28
- Philip Roy of St Brelade, now of St Saviour - 10 May 1893, D/Y/A/52
- George Roy, Franc Fief House, St Brelades - 21 August 1946, D/Y/A/116
- Maria Roy, La Rosiere, St Mary, widow of Charles Jeune bequeaths to The National Childrens Home and Orphanage £10; to The Foreign Missions of the Wesleyan Methodist Society £10; to The Internal Missions of the said Society £10; to Bethlehem Chapel £10; to The Fund of the Circuit Français in Jersey of The Methodist Wesleyan Society £10; to Florence Jeune the piece of land called La Butiere, St Brelade bequeaths to the National Childrens Home and Orphanage and The Foreign and Internal Methodist Societies an additional sum of £15 each, bequeaths to the Wornout Ministers Fund of the Wesleyan Methodist Society £25; to the Funds of the Circuit Français of the Wesleyan Methodist Church; to the Jersey Blind Society £5; to Emmeline Le Rossignol the property La Rosiere, St Mary, for life bequeaths to Emmeline Le Rossignol the piece of land called La Butiere - 21 December 1920, D/Y/A/80
- Frederick Roy, St Brelade - 20 July 1923, D/Y/A/83
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