Origin of Surname
This name is thought to derive from an early French personal name Gaudin, which itself originated with the Germanic Waldin, a diminuative of Waldo. Alternatively it might come from the Germanic Godino, which translates as "son of God".
A completely different French derivation is said to be from the early French gaudere (to rejoice)
Philip Guodin was a witness at the Somerset Assize Court, Taunton, during the reign of King Edward 1 in 1208.
There are suggestions that the spelling Gaudin is of Huguenot origin, but it was known in Jersey several centuries before Huguenot refugees arrived in the island.
It is a common name in Normandy and there is a record of Reginaldi Gaudin at Lisieux in 1321.
In 1528, John Gaudin of St Martin owed the Crown, on behalf of Guille Mallet, one Quartier of wheat, per annum
Philip Gaudin was born in St Martin about 1540 (see tree below) where by far the greatest number of the early Gaudins were born/baptised. The surname also existed in St Saviour in the 16th century and spread to other parishes in the east of the Island but was seldom, if ever, found in the west! In subsequent generations Gaudins migrated to Canada and New Zealand as well as to other countries.
There is considerable overlap between the two trees above, but because each contains information which is not in the other, and they are from different sources, both have been included here. The second tree had a substantial number of glaring errors in the spelling of Jersey names, which have mostly been corrected.
The tree below is an extension of Descendants of Philip Gaudin (1540)-2
The following tree is a further variation on the trees above. It should be viewed in conjunction with the notes on the early Gaudins below.
- Descendants of Raulin Gaudin
- Descendants of Collas Gaudin
- Descendants of Jean Gaudin
- Descendants of Jean Gaudin - 2
- Descendants of George Gaudin
- Descendants of Francois Gaudin, a different descendant line from the late 19th century from several of the above trees
- Gaudin baptisms in Jersey
- Gaudin marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Gaudin marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Gaudin burials in Jersey
- St Martin chef de police George Gaudin was in trouble with the Royal Court in 1848 over his inability to levy a parish rate for two years, as reported in the Jersey Times
Great War service
Prominent family members
- Ernie Gaudin interview Housing Committee president
- Beauchamp,_St Martin
- Le Catillon St Martin
- La Clochette, also known as Green Farm, Queruee, St Martin
- La Davisonerie
- Everton Farm, Maufant, St Saviour
- Le Fleurion, Ville ès Gaudins, St Martin
- The Grove, St Lawrence
- Haut du Rue, St Martin
- La Maitrerie, Queruee, St Martin
- South View, Maufant, St Saviour
- La Vignette, Maufant, St Saviour
P J Gaudin photographed by Ernest Baudoux
P Gaudin and his family photographed by Ernest Baudoux
Esther Jane Gaudin, nee Touzel. She married Elie Gaudin in Grouville in 1872
Capt James Gaudin, master of 'Lady Lampson', a barque owned by the Hudson Bay Company. Later head of the pilotage service in British Columbia
- William Valpy Gaudin was first in business as a baker and patissier at 11 Queen Street in the 1880s, before moving to No 32 King Street in the 1890s
- John Francis Gaudin ran a china and glass warehouse at 40 King Street in the 1880s and '90s
- E Gaudin was a linen draper at 77 King Street during the 1890s
- Tailor Thomas Gaudin was in business at 10 Halkett Place in the 1840s with his milliner wife Mary, who employed several bonnet makers who lived on the premises
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