d'Auvergne family page
An unknown Mr Dauvergne photographed by Ernest Baudoux in the 19th century
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Origin of Surname
The surname probably has geographical origins in the French region of Auvergne, although there is considerable doubt as to whether the Jersey family has the roots claimed for it in the family of the Counts of Auvergne. This was a convenience used to establish Philip d'Auvergne as a claimant to the Duchy of Bouillon, but is far from accepted by genealogists.
Payne's Armorial of Jersey
The family of D'Auvergne may fairly claim, by the deeds of its members, and by its vast territorial possessions, to rank among the noblest and most distinguished of the French nobility, while its antiquity is carried back, by authentic documents, as far as about the year 800.
It appears, by researches entered into at the command of Godfroy, last reigning Duke of Bouillon, that a cadet of the house of Auvergne had emigrated after the crusade against the Albigenses, in the early part of the 13th century, and was traced to England, where he continued, under the auspices of Guilleaume (or Peter) des Roches, who became, by the favour of the Prince (afterwards King Henry III), and High Chancellor of England.
This cadet was called Robert, and surnamed De Clermont, but at his emigration had taken his family name of Auvergne, having married, contrary to his father's consent, (who was Robert, fourth Count of Auvergne,) a lady named Boutet, of an ancient patrician house of Aquitaine, and in whoso family Guilleaume des Roches had been brought up. By this marriage Robert d'Auvergne had a son, whom he called Thiebault, after his maternal great uncle, Thiebault, Count of Champagne; and this Thiebault obtained, through the influence of the Chancellor des Roches, a grant of lands in the island of Jersey, about the year 1232, on which he settled, and became the stock from which the Jersey family of that name lineally descend.
The grant in question was, from its first grantee, called La Thiebault, and tradition has handed down the name to a portion of it (in the parish of St Ouen) to this day ; although, as appears from the records of sales preserved in the Royal Court of the island, it was alienated towards the close of the 17th century by a member of the family, after having been in its possession upwards of 400 years. At this period one branch of the family settled in St Helier, while another remained in its ancestral parish of St Ouen.
- d'Auvergne 1749
- Dauverne, 1309
- de Auverne, 1309
These two versions of the same tree are from different sources, the second containing additional detail to the first
Family histories and biographies
- The d'Auvergne family, by Roland de Caen
- D'Auvergne family history, by the Rev J A Messervy Added 2018
- Philippe d'Auvergne
- The tragedy of Philippe d'Auvergne
- An online biography of Philippe d'Auvergne
- Philip d'Auvergne biography from Payne's Armorial of Jersey
Société Jersiaise Library records
- Bertram records in La Société Jersiaise Library, including references to members of the d'Auvergne family Added 2018
Great War service
- Francis Arthur Payne D'Auvergne, (1894-1918) son of Francis Owen and Alice Jane, of Northdale, St Ouen, Lieutenant, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, killed in action
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