The d'Auvergne family
The D’Auvergne family , probably of Norman stock, originated in or near Auvergne in southern France, as the name implies, but they were already settled in Jersey by 1309 as the Assize Roll of that year notes an unspecified debit due from Jordan de Auvergne to a Ralph Porrioun.
Michel Dauveregne was born about 1450 in St.Ouen. Families bearing the name Dauvergne are widely distributed today through central and northern France.
The D'Auvergne family probably moved from St Ouen to St Peter in the second part of the 17th Century, and in 1750 Elizabeth Dauvergne married Josue Balleine in StPeter. There are two houses in St Ouens parish with connections to the family.
The family's chief claim to fame was the defense of the Island of Jersey against the French at the end of the 1700s by Philippe D'Auvergne , a young naval officer who was in command of a flotilla of gunboats.
His story is a saga of a man from humble origins who ended his life as an Admiral, disputed Duke of the principality of Bouillon on the borders of present Belgium and France, and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Two sets of Jersey postage stamps commemorate his exploits against the French.
The last resident of the family home Northdale in St Ouen was probably Francis Owen D'Auvergne who died there 29 September 1928 at the age of 77 years.