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Priaulx family page


Elisee Priaulx married Marguerite de Ste Croix in St Martin in 1769

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Origin of Surname

The origin of the name Priaulx (pronounced Pree-oh) in the Channel Islands stems from Pierre de Préaux, who was appointed Lord of the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney in 1200 by King John. He only held this position until 1204, when mainland Normandy was returned to French rule, and the foundation of the present constitution of the Channel Islands was established.

The surnames originates from the Normandy village Les Préaux in the modern departement of Eure.

The family of Priaulx (or, as it was originally spelt, Prealx) is of Norman origin. The Barony is situated two leagues from Rouen. The Seignior de Prealx resided near Darnatel, where he had a considerable estate, and was living in the year 913, bearing for arms, 'Gules; an Eagle displayed Or'. Berry, William, History of Guernsey, (1815)

Although the name is more common in Guernsey, the Priaulx family was established in Jersey from the early 17th century, although it died out, before becoming re-established in the mid-19th century, mainly in the western parish of St Ouen.


  • Préaux
  • Priaulx
  • Prieaux
  • Prealx

Family records


Family Trees


Notable family members

  • Carteret Priaulx - merchant and privateer
  • Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx - book collector and benefactor
  • TF Priaulx - historian
  • Andy Priaulx - motor racing driver


Church records


Newspaper records


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Priaulx family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Edouard Priaux of St Peter, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter 15s - 10 February 1869, D/Y/A/34
  • Jean Priaulx of Guernsey, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, and to the French Wesleyan Methodist Society, 10s 4 August 1856 - D/Y/A/28
  • Jean Priaulx of St Brelade, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, 16 sols of the Order of the King 12 March 1836 - D/Y/A/23
  • Nicolas Priaux, son of Thomas of St Peter 7 October 1745 - D/Y/A/7
  • Peter Priaulx of 58 Don Road, St Helier - 18 November 1897, D/Y/A/56
  • William Priaux of Jersey, now of Newfoundland, bequeaths to the poor of St Joan £15 Includes seal from William Lilly, Public Notary, Newfoundland 19 May 1813 - D/Y/A/18

Family gravestones in Jersey

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Further Reading

  • Anon, Who was Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx?, RGS, 1996
  • Kellett-Smith, SK, The Centenary of the Priaulx Library, RGS, 1989
  • Sarre, JW, Carteret Priaulx & Co - further events, RGS, 1997
  • White, M, Carteret Priaulx papers, Trans Soc Guern, 1963
  • Marr, LJ, More Guernsey People, 1992
    • Pierre Priaulx (1604-1650)
    • Thomas Priaulx (c1702-1771) & descendents
  • Berry, William, Priaulx Family appendix to History of Guernsey, 1815


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