Origins of surname
Although undoubtedly of French origin, the derivation of this name is obscure. We have failed to find Veslet or LeVeslet in any of our usual French sources. The closest names we have encountered are Veslin and Vesleau, but no derivation is given for them. The indication below that Valet was a variant found in Jersey in the early 16th century might suggest that the surnames have something to do with the early French words for valley.
The earliest baptisms on record in Jersey are those of the children of Raulin Le Veslet and Louise, daughter of Robert Gallichan, in St Brelade in the 1580s and '90s. Louise and Robert were married in the parish in 1581. The family seems to have been established in the parish some 60 years earlier.
- Le Veslet, 1525
- Le Veuslet 1607
- Le Velet
- Valet 1515
Although three distinct families have been identified living in St Lawrence, St Brelade and St Peter, it is likely that they had a common ancestor in Jersey. Some marriages took place in one of the other parish churches, rather than where the family lived
- Le Veslet baptisms in Jersey
- Le Veslet marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Veslet marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Veslet burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Le Veslet 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
- Marie Le Veslet 18 June 1669 - D/Y/A/1
- Philippe Le Veslet 30 October 1675 - D/Y/A/3
- Ville au Veslet, St Lawrence
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