Rabasse family page
This family reached Jersey from Normandy in the middleof the 19th century in the person of Isidore Rabasse
Marie Justine Rabasse, born in St Peter in 1854, the daughter of Francois Victor (1826-1870) and Justine, nee Nicolet (1820-1900). She married Jean Pierre Francois Bretel (1847-1917) at St Thomas' RC Church in 1876, and had seven children in Jersey before the family moved to Guernsey in 1891, where they had three more children. The photograph was taken at Petit Bot, Guernsey, in about 1910
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Origins of surname
This is a name found mainly in the south of France with several different derivations. It developed from the Latin 'rapacea' to Catalan or Occitan 'racine' = rootstock of vine, and was a name first given to communes where vines grew.
Another derivation is from rabassa, meaning ninny or fool. It is also a variety of sheep’s cheese.
The Jersey family originated in the Manche department of Normandy and has an entirely different derivation. The family originally came from the hamlet of Rabasse, which means 'land which has been flattened'.
The first Rabasse to arrive in Jersey was Isidore Theodore, born in Denneville, Manche, in 1829. His son John Theodore Rabasse was born in Jersey in 1856.
Great War service
- Alfred S Rabasse, Corporal, RAOC
- Francis John Rabasse (1883- ) (St P) son of Eliza, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- Joseph Edward Rabasse ( St H), Corporal, RASC
These wills created by members of the Rabasse family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Elizabeth Rabasse née de Caux, 5 West Park Avenue, St Helier - 15 March 1947, D/Y/A/117
- Peter Rabasse, Park Cottage, Grands Vaux, St Helier, grower - 9 October 1918, D/Y/A/78
- Charles Rabasse, St Helier - 14 April 1906, D/Y/A/65
- John Rabasse, St Mary - 29 December 1919, D/Y/A/79
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