Origin of Surname
It is suggested that this name comes from a Savoie word for ‘maze’ or from fillot, French for a small child.
The name is not found in any of the 13-14th Century Assize Rolls and Extentes, or the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. Peter Fiott of Jersey was, to cite Some Old Fiott Papers, in ABSJ XII, 409, Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1647. A little earlier:
- Michel Fiot and his wife Katherine are shown as parents for the baptism of Jane Fiot in St Helier on 15 Nov 1597.
- Michel Fiott (1601- ) of St Helier was the son of Michel and Katherine and probably the brother of Jane above
- Etienne Fiott (1628- m (1653) Marie Le Brocq, d of Jean
- Aaron Fiott (1617- ) of St Saviour was the son of Philippe
- Jean Fiott of St Helier m Magdelene and they had sons Philippe (1597- ) and Jean (1603- )
- Pierre Fiott (1631- ) of St Saviour was the son of Pierre
- David Fiott (1676- ) of St Helier was the son of Jean and Marie Goupil.
A likely date for this family`s settlement in Jersey would be one in the 1570s, not long after the St Bartholomew`s Day massacre of French protestants
The family of Fyot, Fiot, or Fiott, appears to have existed in Jersey for some centuries, where it has always held a respectable social position. It may be supposed, owing to the identity of surname and similarity of coat-armour, a branch of the distinguished house of Fyot de la Marche, one of the most eminent of the Duchy of Burgundy. Two branches of this latter bear titles of nobility; one, that of the Marquisate de la Marche, and the other, that of the Marquisate de Mimeure.
The parent stock is traced to Guillaume Fyot, who represented the family in 1382. The branch of Jersey settled in the parish of Saint Saviour, whence a section removed to St Helier, and in the person of Nicholas Fiott, (who was buried in the churchyard of that parish, where a handsome monument exists to his memory) became possessed of the Fief Haubert of Melesches.
A branch of the same family is located in the parish of Saint Brelade, and is there represented by Mr John Fiott. Another settled in Guernsey in the seventeenth century, but is now extinct.
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- Fiott baptisms in Jersey
- Fiott marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Fiott marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Fiott burials in Jersey
- Nicolas Fiott, merchant
- Some old Fiott papers
- Fiott family members mentioned in a major history of privateering
These wills created by members of the Fiott 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
- Ann Fiott, widow of St Saviour, bequeaths to Ann Jane Fiott two English Geographical Dictionaries 9 February 1822 - D/Y/A/19
- Jean Fiott of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £4 tournois of the order of the King 14 April 1803 - D/Y/A/16
- Mary Fiott of St Martin, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin £24 in old French currency - 6 September 1875, D/Y/A/38
- Michel Fiot, son of Jean 3 February 1735 - D/Y/A/6
- Moses Fiott, Pont, Trinity - 31 July 1946, D/Y/A/116
- Nicolas Fiott, son of Jean of Jersey, now of Guernsey, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter Port, Guernsey, £1 sterling 7 August 1821 - D/Y/A/19
- Philippe Fiott of St Helier, now of St Clement, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 2s 8 September 1841 - D/Y/A/25
- Sarah Fiott of 31, New Trinity Ground, St Nicholas, Deptford, widow Originally proved in the Perogative Court of Canterbury 29 November 1825 - D/Y/A/20
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