My Channel Island Ancestry

My family history in the Channel Islands and beyond!

Family Name – Rabet

THE NAME RABET & IT’S ORIGINS

Surname variations: Rabet, Rabit

(These are the only two ways I have seen this name  spelt in the records).

More than likely of french origins the name Rabet has been another difficult family to research.  From the research I have done the name Rabet comes up in the Jersey Archive records very little before the turn of the century 1900. The majority of those that did arrive in Jersey at this time were from France, and on most of their records  ‘Ploeuc’ is written as their birthplace. Ploeuc is part of Brittany, which  is not far from St. Malo. Their are two towns with the word Plouec in the title and both are near a place called ‘La Croix Rabet‘ in Henon. According to Wikipedia there is also a place called Bretteville-le-Rabet which ”is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in north-western France.”

To read more about french immigration to Jersey click on the following link:

THE BRETONS AND JERSEY – THE BOLEAT FAMILY

It is incredibly interesting and gives a good insight into the history of Brittany  as well as the reasons for the great influx of Breton farmworkers into Jersey, which includes  my Rabet ancestors.

MY RABET ANCESTORS

Joseph Rabet – born circa 1800

Marie Le Breton (wife of Joseph) – born circa 1800

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Pierre Rabet – born ? (son of Joseph c.1800  and father of Yves M. Rabet b.1856)

Isaac Rabet – born 1828 (father of Jeanne M. Rabet b. 1864)

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Francois Rabet - 17 December 1852

Yves Marie Rabet – b.1856 in Ploeuc, Brittany, France

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Jeanne Marie Rabet - born 4th September 1864 in Ploeuc, Brittany, France (wife of Yves Marie Rabet b.1856)

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Yves Marie Rabet (b.1856) married Jeanne Marie Rabet on the 30th July 1885 in St. Helier, Jersey and had the following children:

Raymond Rabet – born 16 November1895,  St. Helier, Jersey

- Raymond married Mabel Annie Freda Fox and had the following children: Joan Irene Rabet, Gordon William Rabet, Raymond Frank Rabet, Yvonne Doreen Rabet.

Ada Maud Rabet – 1899, Trinity, Jersey

- Ada married Peter Le Vannais and had the following children: Eric Eve Le Vannais, Jeanette Ada Le Vannais, Lorraine Muriel Le Vannais.

Hilda Rabet – 1899 (unsure if Hilda and Ada are the same person?)

Alice Rabet – 1901? Trinity

Henri Yves Rabetborn 8 March 1902 (my great grandfather)

William Charles Rabet AKA ‘Bill’ – 25 March 1908,  St. Saviours, Jersey

Albert Rabet AKA ‘Bertie’ - 1905, St. Saviour’s, Jersey

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Circa 1929 – Henri with Grace on his lap, Barbara, Florence with baby Henry on her lap.

Henri Yves Rabet (1902) married Florence Anna Gallienne and had the following children:

Barbara Florence Rabet - born 3rd June 1925

Grace Jeanne Rabet - born 26th June 1927, St. Saviour’s, Jersey (my grandmother)

Henry Albert Rabet – born 25th September 1928

Sylvia Rabet

25 thoughts on “Family Name – Rabet

  1. Can we also add Henri, Barbara and Sylvia to this list of Rabets. also there was a Graham Rabet, army recruitement officer, I believe he was Grace Rabets cousin.

  2. Hiya!
    Great Start! what a lovely job you have thus far. Imagine a year or two from now. When you have more of EVERYTHING! Reliies,info,places of interest etc. Well done you!

    Happy Hunting – to finding more rellies like ME.
    from Happy Hunter
    Carol (2nd cousin 1x removed.)

  3. There is a listing for Pierre..who is listed as a “civil engineer” on the passenger manifest of the SS Valencia on arrival in NY from Curacao Dec of 1889. He arrived with my great grandfather and birth dates are noted on the manifest(I just dont have it here right now)

  4. I rechecked…the passenger manifest says “about 1853″ for Pierre’s birth date. Hope this helps

  5. There are quiet a few Rabet’s in England now,
    if i can help fill in any further info will be more than happy.

  6. The blog is amazing I just found it, I shall tell
    all the family (marquard)
    Very impressed the photos we have in southampton too
    so i shall tell them to look

  7. My mother is Joan Irene Georgette Rabet daughter of Raymond Rabet. She is 89 years old but remembers a lot of the people mentioned here.

  8. Hi
    The photo above is of my father Henry Albert Rabet, Grace Davey is my auntie which must make you my second cousin. If you want to get intouch with me please do by my email
    Regards
    Jo

  9. Hi, My Name is Philippe Rabet. I am french and the origin of familiy is Ploeuc sur Lié in Brittany Cotes d’Armor. I am sure that I have a lot of Cousins in Jersey. In Cotes D’armor french department there are a lot of Rabet’s.

  10. Hi, My name is Philippe Rabet, I’am french and the origin of my family is North of Brittany “Cotes d’Armor”. I am happy to know that a branch of my family came to your Island (more than a century ago). Please note that the Name RABET is quite common in the Area of Ploeuc sur Lie (nearby Saint Brieuc). I have heard that the origin of the name is coming from the old french “RAVE” an old and ood vegetable (not very good but popular in the middle age).
    All the best to my Cousins from the Channel
    Philippe

    • Hi Philippe,

      Thanks for contributing your wealth of information. I have since been to visit Ploeuc sur Lie, taken photos,etc. How exciting that we may be related way back! Your fact about the origins of the RABET name is great! Let me know if you find a connection to my family, I look forward to hearing from you again. :-)

  11. Hi, my grandmother was Jessie Rabet, nee Green, she would have been 90 tomorrow. She had 10 children. I think her husband was Frank, although I never knew him and my gran raised the children on her own at St Peter’s Arsenal. Is she any relation?

    • Hi Samantha,

      Thanks for popping by my family history blog. I have no Rabet relations with Frank as a first name. I do have a Raymond Frank Rabet, however, his wife was a Mabel Fox. Nevertheless, it would be very possible that Frank is connected, maybe a cousin? If you do find anything more about your grandfather I would love to hear from again.

      • Gordon Rabet is my father’s cousin (making him my 1st cousing x1 removed). I recall he was definately a recruiting officer (Warrant Officer?) and used to come to Guernsey (where I am ) to recruit also. His sister Joan, married my grandfather’s brother making her both my 1st cousin x1 removed and also my great aunt! (my grandfather was married to Olivia Fox, Mabel’s sister). Sadly I never met any of them as although we only live a short distance over the water we didnt travel to Jersey when I was young. A different story now however as I am now a frequent visitor, mostly in the pursuit of family history. If there is anyone in Jersey who would like to meet up some time I would really enjoy that!

        best wishes
        Sally

    • Hi Samantha

      Yes your grandfather was Frank (who was my uncle) who was my late fathers brother. I remember my aunty Jessie lovely little lady

      C M Rabet

      • Hi Collette,

        Do you have any other information about your uncle Frank as still have not found a connection to my tree. Do you know who his father was?

        Thank you for visiting and contributing to My Channel Island Ancestry,

        Ramona

  12. His Father Who was my Grandfather was Francis (Frank)Ernest Rabet. My fathers father.

    Hope that helps you

    Collette

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