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Touzel family page

This family name, originally given to someone who wore his hair short, has been present in Jersey in one form or another since the 14th century


Clifford Touzel, with his wife Ada Rose, nee Moon

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Arms of Joshua John Le Touzel

Origin of Surname

This surname is derived from Old French and referred to someone who wore his hair short or tousled. It comes from the old French tondé.

However, it might also translate as 'the stripling'.

Early records

Baptismal records for Touzel date back to the earliest surviving registers, mostly in the latter part of the 16th century. Guillemyn Touzel of St Clement fatures in the 1528 Extente. The name had certainly been present in one form or another for perhaps 200 or more years previously.

Although Touzels are not as numerous in Jersey as they once were - only 16 families are listed in the 2011 telephone directory - the family has spread throughout the world, most notably in Australia and Canada. Touzels were involved in Jersey's maritime trade and the Canadian seaboard cod fishing industry.

The censuses from 1841 to 1911 show that Touzel numbers were at their highest in Jersey during the 19th century, peaking at 167 in 1861 and falling to 132 by 1911.

Notable Touzels

The family has given to the Island, prior to 1900, three constables, two of whom lived during the 18th century in the family`s parish of origin, St Clement, and the third in Grouville. Members of the family have been numbered among the clergy, Sire Guille Touzel of St Clement having been a priest in 1537-1543-; the Reverend Helier Touzel, M.A. (1808-1888), a Rector of Martyrs Worthy and Bramdean, both being in Hampshire, and the Reverend John Charles Cliff Touzel M.A. (Cantab.), (1855-1899), having been Curate of Coventry before becoming Rector of Heswell, Cheshire, 1880-1885.

Several Touzels have served as officers of the Royal Jersey Militia, two of whom were colonels and one a lieutenant-colonel, whilst at least three were officers in the Regular Army. The most distinguished of these was General Helier Touzel, whose long-overdue biography is featured on these pages. The latter added to an impressive military career by holding latterly the office of H.M. Receiver-General and being appointed Deputy-Governor of Jersey.


  • Touzel, 1668
  • Touseill 1617
  • Touzell 1607
  • Tousell
  • Touzet, French variant
  • Touzé, French variant
  • Le Touzé, French variant
  • de Touzel 1402
  • Tousel 1309
  • Le Touzel
  • Le Touzey

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