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A 19th century photograph of an unknown Master Luce

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Origin of Surname

Luce is French for Lucia, a name made popular by St Lucy. Six French villages with churches dedicated to her are called Ste Luce. There was also a St Luce, Pope in the 3rd Century.

However, the name may also derive via the French from the Latin lucius - a woodcutter.

The name has been prevalent in Normandy over the centuries and is fairly common there today.

Early records

Sire Piers Luce is included in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 and the name appears in the Extente of 1528.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The family of Luce, settled in the parish of St Lawrence prior to 1500, claims to have migrated from Wales, and to be a branch of the famous Norman house of Lucy, or Lucie, settled in England since the Conquest. This house represents a branch of the family of Le Brocq, and that of Le Bailly, of St Mary, to which latter belonged the philanthropic Jeanne Le Bailly, the wife of Thomas Denton, of St Aubin, whose benefactions to the poor of the island, and to the parochial hospital of St Brelade, have rendered her name sacred among her countrymen.


  • de Lucy
  • de Lucie
  • Lucey

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