Origin of surname
George Balleine in his Derivation of Jersey Surnames says that Allix is an alternative spelling for Allez, in 1333 spelt Aales, derived from the Frankish female name Adalgis, which in English became Alice. This is supported by Noms de Famille de Normandie, which gives the early spelling as Aalis, and traces the forename as back as far as 1198 in Normandy, when the spelling was Aelis.
The name has long been common in Normandy, where the alternative spelling of Alix is more common in most of the region, although in the Manche department closest to Jersey both spellings are found in more or less equal numbers.
Arrival in Jersey
All records of the name in Jersey can be traced back to Jean Allix, born c 1720. Although some researchers give his place of birth as in the island, most contradict this and say that he was a Huguenot refugee.
This is also unlikely because the second and last wave of Huguenots leaving France for the Channel Islands was in the late 17th century, before Jean was born, so either Jean was born in Jersey to parents who were Huguenot refugees, but his birth and that of any siblings he may have had, was not registered, or he came to Jersey for other reasons.
Whichever is the case the Jersey family can certainly not be traced back in the island to 1660, as suggested by Charles Larbalestier in his book on the postcards of Henry George Allix. Jean married Marie Mitaine (1720-1781) at Grouville in 1846 and their son Thomas was born the following year. Marie Mitaine's baptism was not recorded in Jersey so it is quite possible that the couple left Normandy together and married after their arrival in Jersey.
- Alix - not found in Jersey
- Allez - found in Guernsey but not Jersey since the 14th century
- Aley, 1461
- Allet, 1292
- Descendants of Jean Allix
- Descendants of Simon-Louis Alix, a different family which came to Jersey later
- Allix baptisms in Jersey
- Allix marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Allix marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Allix burials in Jersey
Great War service
- John Philip Allix, Lieutenant RNR, HM Drifter Jean, killed in action aged 40. Son of John William and Mary Ann, nee Le Gros. Husband of Hilda, nee Le Petevin dit Le Roux
- Albert Edward Allix, St B, Gunner Royal Artillery
- Francis George Allix (1887- ), Mercantile Marine
- George Thomas Allix, St H, Old Victorian, Sub-lt RN, HMS Europa
- Henry Clarence Allix, St B, Cpl 15th Hussars
- Henry du Heaume Allix, OV, Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps
- Philip George Alfred Allix, St H, Private RASC
- Philip Henry Allix (1881- ) (St H), CPO Writer RN, HMS Dolphin
- Maurice Joseph Allix (1871-1952) (St H) son of Prospere Auguste Allix, and Eleonora Marie, nee Rousseau, Interpreter, 5th Northumberland Fusiliers
Prominent family members
Henry George Allix (1853-1915) was in business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a tobacconist at 24 Queen Street, 19 Mulcaster Street and 1 Bond Street. He also published and sold some of the earliest Jersey postcards.
- Postcards of Henry George Allix Added 2016
The Allix family was a family of seafarers, ship owners and ship builders. Francis Allix owned ships from 1848-1879, as did his son George from 1865-1885. Francis also built ships at Havre des Pas between 1842 and 1877, when the 18th and last was launched.
Six members of the family appear in John Jean's list of Jersey sea captains:
- Jean, grandson of the founder of the Jersey family and first seafarer in the family, master of Recovery and Good Intent in 1809
- George (1833-1884), master of the Elizabeth Young in 1865
- Philip, master of steam tug Toby in 1864
- Francis (1851-1894), the ship owner and builder
- George (1856-1906), son of George above, London Southwestern Railway master for many years and master of Diament, ss Diana, ss Lydia and ss Frederica
- Frank, master of ss Honfleur and ps Alliance
- Allix and de Gruchy were in business at 74 King Street as gents' outfitters in the 1930s and '40s, followed by E Allix to 1955.
- Tobacconist Henry Allix was at 24 Queen Street from 1895
- Aaron Francis Allix was a tobacconist at 31 Broad Street in the 1860s
The Allix family in 1914 - Arthur Le Quesne, Elizabeth, Sophie Jane, Jane, Sophie and Henry
An 1882 portrait by Ernest Baudoux of a Miss Allix
Albert Allix (with bicycle) and his mother, first wife and children. Back row Anne Allix (nee L'Amy), Albert's mother, and his first wife Margaret. In the front row (l-r) are Ethel, Albert(Bert), Violet, Henry and Elsie, and a cousin from France. This was taken at Bentcliffe, High Street, St Aubin, probably in 1899, the year Margaret died.
Anne Allix, nee L'Amy, baptised in St Peter on 17 February 1833. In 1841 she was living at Les Landes, St Peter. She got married at the age of 16 on 31 May 31 1849 in St Brelades Church. She was unable to sign her name on the marriage certificate. In 1851 she was living at Prospect House, St Brelade. In 1861 she was at 117 St Aubin's Road St Helier. In 1871 and 1881 she was at Forest Hill Gardeners Lodge, Beaumont, St Peter. She was still alive in 1901 and living with her widowed son Albert Joseph Allix at Torre Bianca, Beaumont. She presumably took care of his five very small children.
An Allix family in 1853 - not a Jersey family but part of Victor Hugo's entourage when he was in exile in Jersey
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