Gruchy

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Gruchy family page
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A distinct family from de Gruchy for many generations

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Capt Gruchy of the Militia


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Gruchy family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Gruchy, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.

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Origin of Surname

The family is thought to have originated at Grouchy, on the borders of the Cotentin and Bessin in Lower Normandy. The name is believed to be Viking in origin, perhaps derived from the old Norse personal name Geirolfr, meaning Spear-wolf. The `ey` is Norse for an island or isle, making a place name, the "Isle of Spearwolf". Many Norse personal names at that date incorporated wolf. Other local, Jersey, examples are Renouf, Esnouf and, originally Hascoulfr (now Hacquoil). The first syllable of Grouville is thought to have similar roots.

Early records

Four Gruchys, Colas, Guillaume, Nicolas and Raffe are found in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550, although Collas and Nicolas may have been identical, as these names were in this century, often regarded as interchangeable.

Early family members include Ralph Gruchy, who was born about 1450 and Jennette Gruchy (1434).

Payne`s Armorial of Jersey, (1st Section, 1858), the Reverend J.A. Messervy and other Jersey genealogists have long viewed the Gruchys and de Gruchys as being two parts of the self-same family, of which one part, in the early 16th century, abbreviated their name by omitting the "de". The branches of de Gruchy and Gruchy have since then developed separately, albeit wthin, at first, the same parish of Trinity. The two names have, understandably, become so confused in Jersey church records that we combined the records under 'de Gruchy/Gruchy' in our baptism database.

We have since regretted doing so and one of our valued helpers is currently involved in trying to separate the two and ensure that each is correctly identified as a Gruchy or de Gruchy. This work is likely to take some time.

In the form Gruchy, this family has given to the Island four rectors, three constables and two Jurats. Those in Holy Orders were, before the Reformation, Sire Drouet Gruchy and Sire John Gruchy. The latter was Rector of St Mary 1553-1574. The Reverend Olivier Gruchy was then Rector of St Clement 1595-1614, the year of his death. Revd. Daniel Gruchy, M.A. was Rector of St Peter 1627-1651 and Rector of St Mary 1660-1677, whilst the Revd. Sorel John Gruchy was Rector of St Mary 1896-1915- The Gruchy constables were all of Trinity, being Josué Gruchy 1697-1712; François Gruchy 1809-1812 and Charles Gruchy, formerly Deputy for Trinity, who became its constable, 1864-1868, when he became a Jurat. He died in 1900. In recent times, the late Charles Gruchy of Champs Clairs followed in the footsteps of his forbear, in becoming a Jurat.

Arms

The arms of Gruchy and de Gruchy are identical, namely "Or, a fretty of six pieces, azure"

Variants

  • Gruchy, 1299
  • Grochie
  • Grochye
  • Grouchie
  • de Gruchy
  • Gruchie 1607
  • de Groschy, 1510
  • de Grochy, 1461-78
  • de Grouchy 1515
  • Grouhy 1515
  • de Grochie 1461-78
  • Grussy c1340
  • de Grochee
  • Grouche 1309
  • Le Groche 1309
  • de Groceio 1089

Family records

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Church records

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Some family records for Gruchy are probably mixed in with de Gruchy. We are still working to isolate them


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Biographies and histories



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Tips

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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