Origins of surname
When this page was created in 2015, this was one of the very few Jersey surnames for which we had been unable to find any information about its origins. Further research in 2023 by Mike Bisson has revealed the suggestion that it is of Norse origin and refers to a person who carried a spear.
The name is said to be a hybrid from of Gerhild and Gerwar, composed of two Ancient Germanic elements: gaizaz (spear, pike, javelin) plus hildiz (battle, fight).
The first member of the family to arrive in Jersey may have been Joseph, who came from Ploeuc-sur-Lie in north Brittany in 1891 and married Rosalie Guyony, also from north Brittany, at Trinity in 1896.
Joseph Marie's younger brother Felix followed him to Jersey in 1896.
- Descendants of Noel Francois Gorvel a longer version of an earlier tree, now deleted, much extended in 2018 to take it back to the 16th century
- Gorvel baptisms in Jersey
- Gorvel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Gorvel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Gorvel burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Francis Baptiste Gorvel (1884- )(Tr) son of Noel and Augustine, husband of Mary, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment, gassed
This will created by a member of the Gorvel family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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
- Joseph Gorvel, 1 Salvandry Terrace, St Saviour - 16 July 1934, D/Y/A/96
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Family grave including Andre Gorvel, who drowned at the age of 19 while attempting to escape from Jersey during the German Occupation
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