Tracing Your French Surname

I have the following French/Jersey surnames in my ancestry:

JEHAN

GALLIENNE

GOSSELIN

LE BRETON

LE BROCQ

LE MARQUAND

LOZUET

RABET

Therefore, I have to do a lot of research amongst French records and websites. I have subscribed to a great website called The French Genealogy Blog.

I can’t recommend it highly enough for it’s value and substantive knowledge about researching your French ancestry. One of the posts focuses on French surnames and all the books and resources out there that may help you with your research.

A website they suggest that might be of great use to you is:  www.geopatronyme.com

Good luck with your research!

On this day – Violet Florence Mabey Lozuet was in born 1898.

 

Violet on her birthday.

 

On this day 4th November 1898 began the life of Violet Florence Mabey Lozuet.

Here is Violet’s timeline from what I have found out so far:

1898 - On the 4th November Violet is born to parents John Lozuet and Clara Anna Mabey. Notice that one of Violets middle names is the maiden name of her mother. This was often done in the past and is still done now, especially when particular surnames are dying out.

1898 - On the 30th November Violet was baptised (details from St Helier Church Baptism Register, 28th July 1889 – 21st February 1909). Her godparents were her father John (a ‘Mariner’) and mother Clara.

1901 - Violet (age 3) is living in Don Road, Jersey with her mum, dad, and sisters Clara and Ada.

1911 - Violet (age 13) is living in Jersey with her mum, dad and sisters Clara, Ada. Mabel and Elsie.

1941 - Violet (age 43) is living at the St. Saviours Hospital. Also known as the ‘Mental Hospital’.

1992 - Violet dies at St. Saviours Hospital.

It is not quite clear why Violets life turned out as it did.  Nor is it known at what age she was admitted or under what circumstances she ended up in St. Saviours Mental Hospital. An old family rumour was that she was jilted at the alter and this sent her mad. Maybe she just had a nervous breakdown which today would not warrant being admitted into St. Saviours or maybe there was more to it, that we will never know.

The sad thing about this story is the only reason my mother and I knew about Violet is because we saw her obituary in the local paper, the Jersey Evening Post. Of course it was too late by then to visit her and get to know her and her life story. My mother went to the hospital to try and find out a bit more about Violet…

She had spent her whole life in the hospital and had probably become quite institutionalised. Family never came to visit her as far as the present staff knew. So we then asked my grandfather (Violet’s nephew) why noone knew about her, especially as she had still been alive all these years ?

My grandfather didn’t know when she was admitted, but only that he must have been very young as he barely knew anything about her himself. Sadly it seems that family had forgotten about her.

They were different times back then. People felt differently. This is why I am keen to find out more about Violet…I think she deserves that much!

So, with Violet’s death at the grand age of 94, living longer than any of her siblings, the surname Lozuet died out too.

 

Here is a link to the archive records for Violet at the:  Jersey Heritage Trust

French Genealogy and Family History

Of the 12 surnames I am researching 9 are of french origin. They are Bouchere, Gallienne, Gosselin, Jehan, Le Breton, Le Marquand, Lozuet, Mahaut, and Rabet.  Therefore, I  am having to look around for french genealogical websites and resources. I discovered one today via a Facebook group called The French Genealogy Blog . It covers topics such as:

  • Hidden marriages during the French Revolution
  • Huguenots
  • French Military Uniforms

and many more useful and interesting subjects.

Using a Search Engine to research surnames – Lozuet

I have often typed a surname that I am researching into the  search box on my Google page. I have found this quite an interesting way to find out information about the name I am researching. With a surname like ‘Davey’ thousands of pages come up, to be precise 8,200,000 reults! With a name like ‘Lozuet’ , I get 1, 910 results. Quite a significant difference as you can see!

I search this way from time to time hoping something new will come up that I have not read before. To my surprise I found out quite a few things recently.

Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki

Firstly I came across a page written in Serbian about descendants of Duke Lazarevic Luke, one of them being a Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. Now before you get too excited about the possibility of being related to nobility, I have only just come across this person. Secondly although Wikipedia do a good job of translating the page from Serbian to English it is still quite a complicated hierarchy of who is who.

The reason I have found this find of interest is that I am keen to discover where the name Lozuet comes from. I know that there are a handful in Jersey, Channel Islands who originally came from France. Some of these Jersey Lozuets also emigrated to Australia quite a few years ago and I have been in contact with some of them. (I discovered one of them through Facebook another useful medium to research family surnames).  So to find the name ‘Lozuet’ as part of a bigger name intrigues me.

Who is Mirko Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki? According to Wikipedia he was a lawyer who has lived in exile in France. He married Countess Christine de Lozuet Bokor-Krek who was the last in line to Count Geoffrey of tree-Krek (1908-1986) (Geoffroy de Beaucorps-Créquy). As there were no sons to carry on the surname, it was then passed onto Christine’s husband and their sons. So Mirko Lazarevic took on his French wife’s surname Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. This is very useful information as we find out now that it is the wifes name and therefore it is her family I need to look into to discover their history and where the name ‘Lozuet’ came from. What does ‘Lozuet de Bokor mean? Is this a place? And finally it brings me back to France where the Lozuet de Beaucorps-Crequy family were from. Also look at how similar the two surnames are or have been transformed to suit the different nationalities: Bokor-Kreki / Beaucorps-Crequy.

Jean-Claud Lozuet

The other name I came across on Google search was Jean-Claud Lozuet, a French businessman and member of the Chamber of Commerce France-Brazil. This find was a tragic and mystifying story about a plane that just went missing over the Atlantic Ocean on the 1st June 2009. Sadly, Jean-Claud was one of the many missing on the Flight 477 from Rio de Janiero to Paris. To read and find out more about the events of this flight go to the following link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8077304.stm

Paul Lozuet

On a post for the ‘Forum pages of History’ I found a Paul Lozuet who it seems died at Guincourt, as he was one of the …’ soldiers who fell during the battle that we now call the ‘Combats of Touteron’. Should this be of great interest or relevance to you and your research, here is the link:

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/forum-pages-histoire/aout-attigny-aisne-sujet_2546_2.htm

So my conclusion is that so far Lozuet looks like it is definately of french origins and if you have tried this method of searching your family names, don’t give up, people are adding information to world wide web everyday! Otherwise, Goodluck with your own research and I hope this was of some help to you, and if it was of no help at least I hope you found it interesting!

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Headstones & Graveyards

Headstones are a great source of information - here lies my great grandmother Florence in St. Saviours Churchyard, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Headstones in graveyards are a great source of information as long as you don’t find these places too spooky. My mother loves grave yards and she has passed this fascination onto me. Wherever I find myself in the world I always take a wander through the local graveyard or cemetery. My son has just started a school which has a huge cemetery right next to it. It’s a lovely old one and the local council have leaflets which support guided walks through the gravestones pointing out the deceased with interesting histories be they happy or sad! I think this is a great idea, and have already booked myself to go to the next one.

Amazingly enough I came a cross a headstone with a familiar Jersey surname on it: Poingdestre. On reading the details on the headstone I find that the person inside did indeed emigrate from Jersey to Australia. How about that! So if you think it might be your ancestor contact me.

The Poingdestre Headstone I found in a Sydney cemetery.

If you are going to visit a graveyard take your camera to make a record of the information on the headstone and a reminder of the type of headstone used. The type of headstone in itself could give you some idea as to the wealth of the person or religion.  Also check the graves close by as you may find some more with the same surnames on!

This is the headstone of my great grandmothers sister, Violet Lozuet 1888-1892

Hello world!

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I am about to embark on an old journey but in a new format of blogging and posting. This I hope will enable me to find out more about my family history in the wonderful Jersey in the Channel Islands in which I was born.  I will endeavor to find out more about my heritage in the Channel Islands and beyond!