Origin of Surname
The name comes from the French ami, meaning 'friend'.
The earliest recorded holders of the name in Jersey are Johan or Jean Amy, a defender of Mont Orgueil Castle in 1338, and Jean Amy, living in 1402, whose family descendancy is shown below. The name is recorded 29 years earlier in the Assize Roll of 1309. Three Amys are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.
Although Payne's Armorial (see below) suggests that the Jersey family is of English origin, the name is probably derived from the French 'ami', meaning friend.
From Payne's Armorial of Jersey
This family has undoubtedly an English origin, but has been established in Jersey from a very remote period.
During the middle ages several of its members were ecclesiastics, one of whom, then Rector of Grouville, returning from a voyage to France, was in imminent danger of being drowned, and, in compliance with the custom of the day, vowed an addition to his parish church, should Providence permit him to land in safety. This vow he lived to fulfil, and erected in pursuance of it the North chapel or aisle of that edifice, dedicated to St Margaret.
Raulin Amy, another priest of the same family, is better known by his will, still in existence, and quoted in one or more of the Histories of Jersey.
[Some of Payne's assertions and family relationships have subsequently been challenged and the Amy family of Grouville history is believed to be more accurate - Editor]
Arms : Or, on a chief embattled, sable, three mullets argent. Crest : Out of a ducal coronet a peacock's head, proper, holding a sprig, vert. Motto : Hostis honori invidia.
- L'Amy Although this family probably has a common root, it has developed separately and is not considered as a variant
- Amy baptisms in Jersey
- Amy marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Amy marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Amy burials in Jersey
- Descendants of Jean Amy (1402) - this tree has been largely superseded by Amys of Câtillon de Bas which is more detailed and more accurate, although this tree goes back earlier
- Descendants of Philippe Amy and Collette Estur
- Descendants of Philippe Amy c1635
- Amys of Câtillon de Haut
- Amys of Câtillon de Bas
- Amys of Petit Câtillon
- Amys of Rue de Grouville
- Descendants of Philip Amy
- Descendants of Raulin Amy (1380)
- Descendants of Jean Amy (1470)
- Descendants of Thomas Amy
- Descendants of Thomas Amy - 2
- Descendants of Abraham Amy, St Lawrence family
- Descendants of Philippe Amy and Susanne Syvret
- Descendants of Clement Amy NEW
- Descendants of Nicolas Amy, a family who lived in St Lawrence, St Mary, St Peter and St Ouen Added 2017
- Descendants of Richard Amy, a new Grouville tree Added 2018
- Descendants of Jean Amy Added 2021
- Descendants of Philippe Amy and Anne Blampied, a St John family Added 2022
Amy family histories
- Amy family of Grouville
- A history of the Amy family
- Amys who commanded vessels operating out of Jersey and further afield
- Snowdon Francis Amy
- Civil War privateer Thomas Amy Added 2019
Great War service
- Amy family members who served in the Great War
- Presentation to Bombardier Edward Amy, MM, at the Town Hall
- Philip Amy appointed Vraic Officer in 1848
- Edward Amy sworn in as Measurer of Grain, Salt and Coals for Rozel Harbour in 1848
World War 2 casualties
- Thomas Richardson Amy
- Kenneth Charles Amy
- Adolphus Stanley Amy
- John Alfred Amy
- George Harvewy Amy
- James Amy
- George Amy was a corn dealer at 37 Halkett Place in the 1860s
- A Amy, hosier, was in business at 1 Queen Street in 1886. This was the start of A Amy and Son, which remained here until the early 21st century, when the family business was finally sold
- Toy dealer A Amy was at 19 Queen Street in 1886
- Shoe and slipper dealer Mary Amy and her sister Caroline Susanne, a dressmaker, were at 21 Queen Street in the 1850s
- Widow Elizabeth Amy was a grocer at 27 Queen Street in the 1860s
- A Amy was in business at 12 Queen Street as a hosier in the 1880s
- Amy and Baker were trading at 16 Queen Street in the 1880s and '90, predecessors of Frederick Baker which would become established across the street
This bible was a prize given to William Alfred Amy by St Ouen Parish Church Sunday School in 1913. William was born in the parish in 1898, the son of William Amy, of St Peter, and Mary Louise Rebecca, nee Wayland, who were married in St Peter in 1891.
The cycling Amys
Stanley and Elsie lived at Mont Mado, where these photographs were taken. They were married in St Saviour in 1905. Stanley was born in Trinity in 1901 and Elsie in St John in 1906
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