Family Name – Davey

Jersey Evening Post – Temps Passe

The above picture is a cut out from the Temps Passe Section in the local newspaper in Jersey called the Jersey Evening Post or otherwise known as the ‘J.E.P.’ It was this little piece of history from 1916 that started my quest into my family history. Being a ‘Davey’ myself I was curious to find out if I was related to Captain William Davey. I have yet to find out the exact connection. As you can see I cut the piece out of the paper on the 17th January 1991.


Spelling variations: Davie, Davey, Davy

The origins of the name are apperently Celtic. Common in England and Scotland, but particularly common in Wales where I have been told that ‘Davey means ‘friendly’ or ‘darling’‘. I have found no Welsh connection yet.

If you are interested to see the distribution of this name in 1881 then go to the following link: . It appears most often in the towns of Exeter and Truro, England.

I have managed to get back as far as 1821 with my Davey family. When they arrived in Jersey and where from I have yet to find out? This is what I have found out so far…

24 July 1821William Davy & Mary de France baptised their son Isaac William.  The God parents are William Leto & Catherine de France.  Catherine de France is very possibly Mary’s sister. (details from Baptism Book for St. Helier)


John Davey – born circa 1760


William Davy – was born  c.1790 in West Coker, Somerset, England. At some point he was working as a Carter. His wife was Mary de France. He died in Jersey. Their children were:

Rachel Mary Davey – 1813

Mary Ann Davey – b.1819

Isaac William Davey – b.1821

(William) George Davey – b.1826


Isaac William Davey (1821) married Ann (Nancy) Le Breton. Their children were:

Isaac William Davey – b.1851

Cpt. William Davey – b.1852 (is this the Captain mentioned in the article above?)

Ann ‘Annie’ Elizabeth Davey – b.1855

Mary Frances Davey – b.1856

Esther Davey – b.1856

Celia Davey – b.1862

Matilda Davey – b.1863

Selina Davey – b.1869

Interesting note: The age gap was so big between the oldest child Isaac to his youngest sibling Selina, that at the age of 18, Isaac is recorded as being her godparent on the baptism records!

Isaac William Davey (1851) married Ellenora Goodge (Eleanore Goudge). Their children were:

Isaac Davey – b.1877

James Davey – b.1879

Elenora Davey – b.1881

George Perchard Davey – b.1885 (my great grandfather)

Violet May Davey – b.1893 (Violet married Willroy Bryant)


George Perchard Davey (1885) married twice. His first wife was Ada Margaret Barette. His second wife was Clara Lozuet (my great grandmother). George and Ada apparently had five children. I have only been able to find out about one of them:

George Davey – b.1911

George and Clara’s child was:

Kenneth George Davey – b.1924 (My grandfather)


Kenneth Davey married Grace Rabet. Their children are:

Susan Davey (my mother)

and 8 other children.

6 thoughts on “Family Name – Davey

    • Yes, you are absolutely right, i will fix that. Thanks for checking it out for me. In fact in 1821 our ancestor’s surname is spelt without an ‘e – William Davy who married Mary De France.

  1. ronnie says:

    hi mo , if you need some pictures of pop’s i have a few. by the way it is the anniversary of his passing, today, 3rd jan.


    • Hi Ronnie,

      Thanks for your message, I have been up to the Jersey Crematorium with mum today and taken a photo of the message to pop (Ken) in the Book of Remembrance on the Anniversary of his death two years ago today.


  2. Annette Clay says:

    Hi Ramona
    I am researching my own family and have a Davy in it! Marie Davy was married to my great great great great great grandfather Francois HELLO (1732-1787). I don’t have dates for Marie. The Hello family come from Ploeuc, Cote du Nord, Brittany, France. My grandfather Victor Francois Marie Hello (1883-1953) went across to Jersey in 1900 and met my grandmother Aline Marie Joseph Rabaste (1883-1962) there. She also went from the same area of Brittany to Jersey as a 19 year old. Both my parents were born in Jersey. Dad was Albert Georges Louis Guernier (1913-2005), Mum was Aline Victorine Hello (1910-2010). I’ve been researching for more than 25 years now and absolutely love it! Currently I’m creating a Family History book for my children and grandchildren which will include not only family trees, but information, photos and documents for both sides of their family (ie my husband and I), using our eight grandparents as a starting point and going in both directions. It’s quite a task, not made any easier by my not speaking French! My older brother and sister were born in Jersey, but I and my younger sister were born in England and then we emigrated to Africa in 1956. We now live in Australia – well travelled, as so many Jersey people have done for generations.
    Best wishes, Annette

    • Hi Annette,

      Thank you for stopping by My Channel Island Ancestry!

      As far as I know My Davey’s were originally Davis and from Somerset, England. But I do know from my visits to Brittany, Cotes Du Nord that the name Davy is on the headstones in many of the cemeteries.

      Your grandmother was Aline Rabaste went to Jersey at the age of 19 which wokrs out as 1902 – this was a time when many Breton workers travelled to Jersey for the farming season. Some stayed, some returned to France. Here is an interesting post about the Bretons and Jersey:

      The Jersey Archives have just advertised that some of their records are now available online to order and pay for. Here is a link of Aline as an example:

      As I am also based in Australia, I have recently ordered some for myself and they were such a wonderful resource, especially those with photos. You may already know about this. :-)

      I am so pleased you are researching your family tree and are enjoying it as do I.

      I do wonder if my ancestors travelled over on the same boat as yours. It is very possible that they knew each other as they all came from the same town of Ploeuc.

      Have you ever been to Jersey?

      Do you know where your ancestors were buried because there is a very good Facebook page called Jersey Family Tree where one of the members has taken photos of most of the headstones in the cemeteries around Jersey. I could have a look for you or you could join.

      Regards Ramona :-)

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