Cavey family page
This name arrived in Jersey separately from France and England in the 1820s
Emily Grace Cavey, nee Ball
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Origins of surname
This name is probably of French origin, a diminutive form of Cave, which has two separate interpretations. It is either an occupational name for someone employed in or in charge of the wine cellars of a great house; or a topographical name given to a dweller by or in a cave, both deriving from the Old French "cave", meaning cave or cellar.
In some instances the name may be a variant of Cavey, or Keavy, one of the Anglicised forms of the Gaelic 'Mac Daibheid', composed of the Gaelic prefix "Mac", son of, and "Daidheid", David.
The name appears to have arrived in Jersey from France and England at about the same time. Francois Cavey married Susanne de la Haye in St Helier in 1825, and their children Jean Francois, Marie Susanne, Matthieu Daniel were baptised in the parish from 1828 to 1836.
From 1827 to 1838, seven children of Matthieu Cavey and Marie l'Her - Eliza Jane, Thomas, Jean Francois, Esther Elizabeth, Matthieu, Ann Eliza and Matthieu Jean - were baptised in the parish.
And in 1831, Joseph, the son of Philip and Mary Ann Cooper, was also baptised in St Helier.
However, although the name does not appear in our comprehensive list of Jersey surnames as having been recorded earlier, there is a suggestion that Guillaume Cavey, the son of Guillaume and Esther Chevalier, lived in Jersey from 1501 to 1556.
Births and baptisms
Great War service
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- Cavey : Ann Elisa , Aldworth, 26 New Street, St Helier 28/07/1897 Desires to be buried in Mont-a- l'Abbe cemetery Bequeaths £100 for a stained window to be placed in St Helier church in memory of her husband; to the Jersey Female Orphans Home £200; to the Victoria Cottage Homes £1,000; to the Jersey General Dispensary £100; to the Jersey General Infirmary £100; to the poor of St Helier £100; to the Jersey Industrial School £100; to the Jersey National School £100; to the Jersey Society for the Education of the Blind £100; to the Jersey Home for Infirm & Aged Women £100 - Unknown date , 14/Jan/1908 , D/Y/A/67/9
- Cavey : Elsie Ann , nee Le Lievre, wife of Wilfred George Cavey, of 108, Great Union Road, St Helier - 17/Jul/1942 , 11/Nov/1952 , D/Y/B1/16/26
- Cavey : Francis Matthew , 7 Nelson Place, St Helier - 20/Nov/1923 , 27/Nov/1923 , D/Y/A/83/143
- Cavey : George Francis , St Helier - 10/Sep/1927 , 14/Dec/1931 , D/Y/A/92/46
- Cavey : Mary Ada , ... - 14/Jun/1941 , 12/Feb/1947 , D/Y/A/117/47
- Cavey : Sydney John , of 7, Journeaux Street, St Helier - 22/Feb/1946 , 08/Dec/1951 , D/Y/B1/12/17
- Cavey : Theodore John , 13 Le Geyt Street, St Helier 15/11/1900 Bequeaths to Mary Jane Picot a house situated at Grands Chemins, St Saviour; to Ann Picot the property 13 Le Geyt Street; to 4 named parties the properties 1 York Place and 14 New St John's Road, St Helier - Unknown date , 28/Jan/1902 , D/Y/A/61/7
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