Origin of Surname
The name means from the park, which could mean cattle pen, tournament lists or skittle alley. It is more likely to refer to the name of a hamlet near parkland, or an enclosed area for animals.
Duparque is the common spelling in the northern French region of Picardie, and Duparc and Duparcq are also found.
The first church record in Jersey for du Parcq is that of the marriage of Jean, of Grouville, to Sara Le Manquais, daughter of Jean, in St Martin's Parish Church in 1644. The couple settled in St Martin and had two children, Jean and Marie. But, as can be seen from the tree below, the ancestry of these du Parcqs has been traced some way further back to the mid-15th century.
- du Parcq, 1668
- du Parc
- du Parcke 1607
- Le Parke 1607
Family histories and biographies
- Du Parcq baptisms in Jersey
- Du Parcq marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Du Parcq marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Du Parcq burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Henry Francis Charles du Parcq (1891- ) (St H) son of Henry and Rose Cadiou, Rifleman, King's Royal Rifle Corps
- John Philip du Parcq (St H), Private, RASC
These wills created by members of the du Parcq 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Harriett du Parcq of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of Grouville £2, desires to be buried in Grouville Cemetery - 2 April 1901, D/Y/A/60
- Marie du Parcq, widow of Abraham Becquet 16 November 1722 - D/Y/A/5
- Marie du Parcq, widow of Henry Touzel 17 May 2002 - D/Y/A/8
- Rachel du Parcq of Grouville, now of St Martin, desires to be buried in St Martin's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin, £2 29 November 1858 - D/Y/A/29
Pictures from an early family album
These photographs from an old du Parcq family album, were sent to us by Andy Gruchy, a du Parcq descendant, who writes:
- "The album appears to belong to my fathers aunt, Gladys (Rita) Gruchy. That is who my uncle John Gruchy obtained it from. He died in 2015, and my cousin sent the albums to me. The album has notes written by Rita, John and Walter Gruchy. Rita lived with Walter after his wife died in 1929, and she never married.
- "My great-grandfather was Walter Gruchy, son of Jean Gruchy and Esther du Parcq. Walter was in the 1871 Jersey census; in 1875, he received a certificate as a clerk for Inland Revenue and eventually became a Surveyor of Taxes. It appears he moved from Jersey to England around 1875. In 1892 the Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph reported that Walter John Gruchy and John Amy took oath as members of the Taxation Committee. I believe this was my Walter, although there was another Walter John Gruchy of the same age on the Island at the time.
- "Jean Married Esther du Parcq. He was missing from the 1861 and 1871 census and Esther and children were living with Richard du Parcq at those times. Jean may have been at sea. There was a Jean of the same age who obtained his Only Mate certificate. I found Jean and Esther in the 1881 England census; Jean's occupation was listed as 'engineer's store keeper'. I read this was a position on a ship.
- "In 1849 I found Jean's occupation as a negociant or trader who purchased grapes for wine.
- "Esthers father Richard du Parcq had a shop at No 14 King Street, and it is listed as grocer, wines and spirits. That may be the connection to my Jean. He was in some way working for the du Parcqs."
- Richard du Parcq was a grocer and wines and spirits dealer at 14 King Street in the 1830s and '40s, followed in the '50s and '60s by his two sons, John and Clement
Du Parcq's library was at 23 Halkett Place in 1899. It was run by Clement Pixley du Parcq
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