Origin of Surname
The family name developed from the given name Noel, which is the French word for Christmas, dating back to before the 10th Century. It is a name which has been commonly used for boys born at Christmas.
The word is derived from the Latin natalis via Gallo-Roman natale and ancient French nouel.
It is likely, however, that the Jersey family originated in Normandy, where the name has been very common over many centuries. Hugo Noel was recorded in 1198.
The name appears in Jersey in the Assize Roll of 1309. Baptism records start in the last decade of the 16th century, but there are other earlier records of the following:
- Julian Noel was born in Jersey about 1525. His daughter Katherine (1552- ) married Hugh Perchard
- Nicholas Nouel was born in St Martin about 1569 and married Catherine Mallet, daughter of Philippe and Frances Baudains. Nicholas died in 1625. He and Catherine had a son Noel (1595-1645) and daughters Thomasse (1600- ) and Catherine (1603- ).
- Noe married Pauline Guerdain on 20 December 1626. They had five sons, Nicholas (1630-1638), Nicholas (1640- ), Aaron (1638-1638), Denis (1633-1692) and Aaron (1644-1686) and a daughter Marthe (1628- ).
- Denis married Esther Le Breton and the second Aaron married Elizabeth Filleul on 20 December 1676. They had a son Philippe (1678-1688) and a daughter Marthe (1680-1749).
- Elizabeth Noel, who married Michel Horman in St Martin on 4 December 1601 was born about 1574
- Edmund Noel was born in Jersey about 1587
- Clement Nouel was born in Jersey about 1590 and married Elizabeth Perchard in St Martin in January 1615
- Jeanne Noel was born in St Martin in about 1590 and married a Le Riche on 21 November 1611 in that parish
- Philipine Noel was born in St Saviour, Guernsey in about 1579 and died there in April 1647. She was the daughter of Louys and married Colas Thoraude in 1601.
- Noel, 1299
- Nouel, 1309
Jersey family trees
Four new 'foundation' trees have been created by Guy Dixon in 2021, and links from the other trees to these new trees are being researched
- Descendants of Jean Noel - 5: This tree was previously called Descendants of Noe Noel. The early and middle parts of the tree have been completely revised and extended
- Descendants of Thomas Noel
- Descendants of Noe Noel
- Descendants of Michel Noel - 3
There is considerable overlap between some of these earlier trees but near duplicates were included when they were from different sources. These trees will now be reviewed and either linked to the new 'foundation' trees, or removed if there is unnecessary duplication
- Descendants of Edward Noel (1767-1849)
- Descendants of Julien Noel (1480- )
- Descendants of Nicholas Noel
- Descendants of Nycollas Noel
- Descendants of Jean Noel
- Descendants of Jean Noel - 2
- Descendants of Jean Noel - 3
- Descendants of Jean Noel - 4
- Descendants of Jean Noel - 5 Added 2021
- Descendants of Michel Noel 
- Descendants of Michel Noel 2
- Descendants of Edmons Noel
- Descendants of Edemons Noel Added 2019
- Descendants of Clement Noel Added 2016, but the tree's content is now deleted, with a note explaining why
- Descendants of Clement Noel - 2 Added 2016
- Descendants of Thomas Noel - 2 Added 2021
- Noel baptisms in Jersey
- Noel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Noel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Noel burials in Jersey
Great War service
Occupation curfew cards
- Noel and Porter, King Street department store
- H Noel was a grocer selling wines and spirits at 25 King Street in the 1830s
- Hugh Noel was a grocer at 22 Halkett Place in the 1840s and then across the street at No 23 in the 1850s
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Alexandrine Noel, nee Delphine, wife of Henry, of St Helier, was convicted by the Royal Court in 1914 of prostitution and keeping a disorderly house. She was sentenced to two months prison with hard labour
Noel/Becquet family photographs
These pictures of the Noels from the early 20th century were sent to us by descendant Angela Noel
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The grave of Great War casualty William James Noel at Puchevillers British Cemetery, near Abbeville
The grave of Great War casualty Alfred Felix Noel at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos
The grave of Great War casualty Stanley John Noel at Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue
The grave of Great War casualty Walter Noel at Le Vertannoy British Cemetery, Hinges, near Bethune
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