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Marie Dolbel (1829-1912), emigrated to New Zealand, with parents Jean (1798-1873) and Anne Cristin (1799-1878) and brothers Philippe and Richard and

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The Dolbel family in New Zealand in the 19th century

Origin of Surname

This name may be a variation of Dolbet and Dolbec, both of which are found in Normandy, and may be derived from the Germanic words for deep stream.

Early records

The Dolbel family is said to have arrived in the Channel Islands as part of the first wave of Huguenot refugees. That was not until after 1572, however, and there were Dolbels in Jersey well before then. The name appears in the Assize Roll (1299) and Robert Dolbel was one of the jurors of Grouville, named in the 1331 Extente. Jordan "Dubel" (Dolbel?) of St Peter was mentioned in the 1309 Assize Roll.

The surname was though, prior to 1600, primarily associated with the parish of St Saviour. De La Croix, in his Jersey: Ses Antiquités, Ses Institutions, Son Histoire (Jersey, 1860), 102-115, mentions in St Saviour the following: Simon Dolbel of "Maufang" (1461), the heirs of John Dolbel senior (1462), Philippe Dolbel (1463), as well as the priest, Dom John Dolbel. He tells us that Jacobus (Jacques) Dolbel was buried within St Saviour`s church in 1572, as was Simon Dolbel in 1576, such burials being deemed a privilege. The Rapport des Commissaires (1515) mentions Thomas Dolbel, a Sermenté sworn to assist the Crown Commissioners, as well as a namesake who was then Seigneur of the Fief des Miches (Michels). The 1528 Extente mentions five members of the family, two of whom, Guille (Guillaume) and Clement Dolbel, lived in St Saviour, whilst Thomas Dolbel lived in St Clement.

Messervy mentions, in his second Falle genealogy, that the Falle`s probable relative was Sire Philippe Dolbel, priest, who was living in 1534. It was no doubt this man who, with John Dolbel, priest, was a godfather to the infant John Dolbel of St Etienne in 1549. Jacques Dolbel, of St Ouen, was one of the 40 settlers who helped Helier De Carteret colonise Sark in 1565. He was tenant of Clos de Menage Quarantaine and served as a Jurat in the Chief Pleas in 1579. Members of the Dolbel family lived in Sark until 1823.

Other early findings of the name

  • Benjamin Dolbel (1514- ) Trinity m (1557) Esther Marett, d of Jourdain
  • Perronelle Dolbel (1442-1470) d of Jehan (1418- ) m Richard Jutize
  • Katherine Dolbel (1540?-1575), d of Thomas (1505?-1552) and Catherine Hubert, married Hugh Yden (1545?-1607)

The earliest references in Guernsey were when Daniel Dolbel was minister of St Pierre du Bois and Torteval between 1596 and 1605. Although he may have been a Huguenot refugee, he may also have been a Jerseyman.

The surname has now died out in Guernsey and Sark, but descendents can still be found in Jersey.

Rectors and Merchants

Maïtre John Dolbel was Rector of Grouville, 1490-1505, the year of his death. Sire Pierre Dolbel was admitted to the priesthood at Coutances on the 17th September 1509, whilst he or a namesake, was Rector of St Clement, 1544--1559 and Chaplain of Mont Orgueil Castle, 1531. Finally, Julien Dolbel (son of Thomas), was Rector of his home parish, St Saviour, 1567-1582. Messervy tells us, ABSJ, VII, 134-5, that he lived near St Etienne, in the Vingtaine de Dessous La Hougue and "descended from Nicolas Morin, Bailiff, 1460". He had married Yolande Gavey, daughter of Guillaume Gavey of St Saviour. The Dolbels of St Etienne continued within the parish for many generations.

Members of the St Saviour family were merchants in the 18th century who, in the Seven Years War (1757-1763), were highly successful privateer owners, although they were not able to repeat this level of success during the Napoleonic War. A wall-mounted memorial to a young member of the family who had died in a riding accident, is located on the north wall, within St Saviour`s Church. The St Saviour`s branch of the family is now believed to be extinct in the Island.

A junior branch of the family settled in St John in the late 16th century, on marrying the heiress of a property now called `Chestnut Grove`. It has flourished, with a descendant, Jean Dolbel, having been Centenier and then Constable of St John, 1765-1770. This branch continues to the present day.


  • Dolbel, 1461
  • Dollebel, 1490
  • Dolbell 1607
  • Lolebel, 1299
  • Dolobel, 1299
  • Dulbel 1309
  • Dubel 1309
  • Delebel 1299

Family records


Jersey family trees

Although a major review of our Dolbel trees in 2018 resulted in many additions to existing trees and the creation of two entirely new trees, there remains a substantial number of Dolbels born in Jersey who are not linked to any of these trees. The family will be reviewed again as soon as possible




Family histories


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Albert Henry Dolbel (1891- ) (St J) son of Albert and Jane Luce , Private, RJGB
  • Edgar George Dolbel (St H), Lieutenant, Canada
  • John Dolbel (1890- ) (St L) son of John and Helene Marguerite, Sergeant, RASC


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Burial records

Family businesses

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Family photographs

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Family homes

Further Reading

  • Ewen, AH and De Carteret, Allan R, The Fief of Sark, Guernsey Press, 1969


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