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This is one of the earliest and longest lasting of Jersey surnames. Members of the family present in Jersey today can probably trace their ancestry back in the island to the 16th century, or earlier. Despite the suggestion of 19th century historian J Bertrand Payne that the name originated in England, it is perhaps more likely that it came to Jersey from France with the alternative spelling of Ami, meaning friend.

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John Amy and Jane Le Ruez and their children


Record Search


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Louisa Margaret Amy

Origin of Surname

The name comes from the French ami, meaning 'friend'.

Early records

The earliest recorded holders of the name in Jersey are Johan or Jean Amy, a defender of Mont Orgueil Castle in 1338, and Jean Amy, living in 1402, whose family descendancy is shown below. The name is recorded 29 years earlier in the Assize Roll of 1309. Three Amys are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

Although Payne's Armorial (see below) suggests that the Jersey family is of English origin, the name is probably derived from the French 'ami', meaning friend.

History

From Payne's Armorial of Jersey

This family has undoubtedly an English origin, but has been established in Jersey from a very remote period.

During the middle ages several of its members were ecclesiastics, one of whom, then Rector of Grouville, returning from a voyage to France, was in imminent danger of being drowned, and, in compliance with the custom of the day, vowed an addition to his parish church, should Providence permit him to land in safety. This vow he lived to fulfil, and erected in pursuance of it the North chapel or aisle of that edifice, dedicated to St Margaret.

Raulin Amy, another priest of the same family, is better known by his will, still in existence, and quoted in one or more of the Histories of Jersey.

In a curious roll of the militia, compiled in 1617, Francis Amy is mentioned as Captain of the Train-Band of the parish of Grouville.

[Some of Payne's assertions and family relationships have subsequently been challenged and the Amy family of Grouville history is believed to be more accurate - Editor]

Arms : Or, on a chief embattled, sable, three mullets argent. Crest : Out of a ducal coronet a peacock's head, proper, holding a sprig, vert. Motto : Hostis honori invidia.

Variants

  • Ami
  • Amy
  • L'Amy Although this family probably has a common root, it has developed separately and is not considered as a variant


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Amelia Jane Amy (1865-1951), daughter of Francis George and Esther, with her second husband Christopher Valentine Connor (1866-1951) and three of their children. The couple had seven children in total, and Amelia Jane had another by her first husband, Edward James Male, who died at the age of 23 in 1887, two years after they married
This portrait of Leah Amy was taken by Asplet and Green, who were in business from 1866 to 1875. Very few photographs from this era had a name written on the back. That has not helped us to positively identify Leah. There are no registered baptisms of a Leah Amy, nor of marriages of a Leah to a Mr Amy. We wonder if this was actually Leah Rachel Coutanche, daughter of Jean and Susan Jane Amy. This Leah was born in 1847 and we think her father died while she was a child, so she may have adopted her mother's family name for some reason
Ministers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including Philippe Amy (third from left, seated). The picture was taken by Asplett and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, P Norman, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, Philippe Amy, (3rd from left seated) G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu.

Family gravestones

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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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