Origins of surname
Le Monnier was a miller, according to the compiler of our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames, from the French meunier but an alternative view is that the derivation of the word is from the French monnaie = 'money', making the meaning a money changer. It is a common name in Normandy, where the spelling is usually Lemonnier.
Although variations in the name can be found in Jersey documents dating back to the start of the 14th century, there are no early baptisms, and the first church record is for Jean Michel Le Monnier, the son of Michel and Marie Laurens, in 1750. There is then a gap until the 1840s, when we find the baptisms of the children of Louis and Eliza Matthews (St H), Constant Victor (St L) and Rose Adelle Le Canu, and Thomas Victor and Anne Paillepot (St H), suggesting the arrival in Jersey from France, at about the same time, of three related or unrelated Le Monniers.
Some online trees suggest that the family came from 'Ourvell', but there is no such place, and the family is likely to have originated either in St Lo d'Ourville, in Manche, on the Normandy peninsular, or Ourville en Caux in the Seine Maritime department of Upper Normandy. However, the name is also found in communes in the north of Brittany, and some of the Jersey Le Monniers may have come from there.
- Le Monnier
- Le Monaier
- Le Monnyer 1331
- Le Monoyer 1309
- Le Bas baptisms in Jersey
- Le Monnier marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Monnier marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Monnier burials in Jersey
Great War service
Although some of these pictures were sent to us with the subjects named Monnier, we believe that they were actually Le Monnier
The Monnier brothers, who were born in Jersey and fought in the Great War, two for Canada and one for the USA. All were wounded and all returned home to the US: Victor Albert Monnier, US Army, John Edward Monnier, Canada and Charles Edward Monnier, Canadian Highlanders.
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