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Cabot family page

With records dating back to the 13th century, this is one of Jersey's longest established families


J E Cabot making cider in 1913

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Origin of Surname

Historian the Rev George Balleine records that the Cabot is a small fish that seems all head (It gets its name from the Latin, caput, a head). ‘So probably the first Mons Cabot's head seemed too large for his body’.

But 'cabot' was also a measure of cereals still in use in the 19th century and the name may have been given to someone who did the measuring.

Early records

The name first occurs in Jersey in the Extente of 1274 and three Cabots are found in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550

The baptism of Colin Cabot was recorded in Trinity in 1464.

The name is particularly common in the records of Trinity and St Martin, in the north-east of Jersey, over 800 of the island total of 1200-plus baptisms and births in our database being found in the registers of those parishes.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The eldest branch of this family, which formerly held much landed property in the parish of Trinity, emigrated to America, in the person of George Cabot, so early as 1680

The Hon George Cabot, one of the descendants of the first colonist of this name, was a man of influence and position in Boston in the first quarter of the present century. By some it is imagined that this is a branch of the celebrated family of Chabot, which figures conspicuously in the medieval history of France, where its members held many high offices of state ; but by others, that it is identical with the family of Cabot, of Normandy.

Family tradition gives to this house the honour of numbering among its members the celebrated circumnavigator Sebastian Cabot, who was the son of John, of that name, and born in the city of Bristol.

In a magazine article in the late 19th century Payne goes on to claim this history for the Cabots:

The name of Cabot is first found in insular records of about this date [1488], and possibly owes to the war in question [[the Breton wars] its introduction to Jersey. The first immigrant is traditionally supposed to have been a younger son of the famous French house of Chabot. It is not impossible that Sebastian Cabot may have owed his extraction to this source, not withstanding the tradition (for it is no more) of his Venetian origin.

His father, one John Cabot, was born or settled at Bristol. Now, from time immemorial Bristol has had trading relations with the Channel Islands, and it is quite within the bounds of probability that the father of this celebrated navigator had, for commercial purposes, taken up his residence at a port in constant communication with his native island. [1]


As borne by the Cabots of America: Or, three chabots, haurient, gules

Crest : An escallop, or

Family records


Family trees

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Births and baptisms


Family histories


Great War service


Family wills


Burial records

Family houses

Family album

The Cabot family threshing at Bouley Bay Common in 1954. The threshing machine was owned by St John Catel Cabot, who farmed Les Cateaux in Trinity, and also had land in St Martin
A 1872 letter to John Cabot of Trinity from a Cabot in Boston, USA, researching his family tree

Family businesses

Family gravestones

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Notes and references

  1. In his attempt to prove a relationship between an established Jersey family and famous namesakes (something he was frequently guilty of), Payne got his Cabots totally confused. Sebastian Cabot was born in Venice in 1474, the son of an Italian. Their original names were Giovanni and Sebastiano Caboto. They had nothing to do with the Jersey Cabots. If Payne was correct in his assertion that the first Cabots arrived in Jersey at about the same time as the Collas and Lerrier families, after the battle of St Aubin du Cormier, any link to the Cabot explorers would have been impossible, because the battle took place in 1488. But Payne was wrong in this assertion as well. The Cabot family had been present and well established in Jersey for two centuries before the battle. It is quite possible that a Jersey Cabot established a business in Bristol, but he could not have been the father of the explorer
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