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Origin of Surname

The Naftels were 16th century settlers in Guernsey. Up to about the year 1700, the name was generally spelt Navetel by the Guernsey folk. The Naftels came from near Mortain, in Normandy, and according to tradition they went to Scotland before making their way to Guernsey. This is quite possible, as Scotland and France were closely allied in those days. The introduction of the potato into Guernsey is, whether true or not, the Naftel’s claim to local fame.[1]


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  1. "St Sauverais", Guernsey Surnames, RGS, Autumn 1951
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