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Labey family page

Labey is the modern spelling of a family name originally l'Abbé, meaning 'abbot'


Jersey Museum collection portrait of Eliza Labey

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Origin of Surname

Labey derives from l'Abbé, the French for abbot. It was also used to describe someone who conducted themselves like an abbot, while not necessarily being a cleric. Spelt Labbé it is a common surname in Normandy today.

Early records

It is one of the earliest of Jersey surnames, traceable back to Colin Labey, who was living in 1309. It appears in the Extente of 1528, but not in earlier official medieval documents.

Thomas Labey, of Grouville, born in 1490, was the father of Perronelle, born in Grouville in 1510, who married Jean Bertram of St Martin

Labey baptisms occur in the parish registers from 1542 onwards.


  • Labey 1461
  • Labbé
  • L'Abbé
  • L'Abbey
  • Labby
  • Le Abbey
  • L'Able
  • Laby 1607
  • Labbey 1528
  • Labbey Englois 1400

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The Labeys take a break from work in 1937

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3rd or East Regiment of Royal Jersey Militia: Commissions to Thomas Labey. The first appoints him First Lieutenant in the regiment and is dated 20 April 1811; signed by Lieut-General George Don, Governor of Jersey. The second is dated 17 June 1816 and is signed by Major-General Hugh Mackay Gordon, Lieut-Governor and Commander in Chief of the island

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