De Carteret

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This family, which originated on the nearby coast of Normandy, was undeniably the most important in Jersey over many centuries


Lucy de Carteret (1894- ) St Peter, daughter of George William and Lydia, nee Renouf, of Vale Farm, St Peter. She started nursing in 1917, four years after this photograph was taken, and served as a Red Cross nurse in England for the remainder of the Great War. In 1937 she married Jerseyman James Renouf Venement in Vancouver, Canada. She was 43 and he was 80. It was his second marriage.

Record Search

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New records

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.


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Early de Carteret arms researched by Julian Wilson
Later arms of de Carteret of Vinchelez de Bas
1976 stamp

Origin of Surname

The name originates from the town of Carteret on the west coast of Normandy's Cotentin peninsula, but how the town came to have this name is less certain. It appears to originate from the same pre-10th century Old French root as the surname 'de Chatelet', meaning 'one who lives by the fort', or from a place of the same or similar spelling.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import by William Arthur, published in New York in 1857, suggests that it is of Gaelic and Welsh origin and means the place or town of the castle.

Another researcher also suggests that name meant the dweller at the castle or fortified place, but adds that it was used as an occupational name for a carter, a transporter of goods, originally rendered in the Latin form carrum.

The name does not feature among the most numerous surnames in modern day Normandy.

Early records

The family was well established as one of the most important land owners in the Cotentin peninsula by 1000 AD and it moved to Jersey in the late 11th Century, and built St Ouen's Manor, from which their influence rapidly spread out across the whole island. They were to become by far its most important family for centuries and brought fame and infamy to Jersey the British Isles, Europe and eventually America.

It was Sir Renaud de Carteret (b 1065 in Carteret), the first of several Seigneurs of St Ouen to have that Christian name, who is credited with taking the parish of Saint Ouen by sword and building the manor.

His line can be traced back to his great-grandfather, Guillaume l'Oiseleur de Carteret, who was born in Carteret around 960.

The name appears in the Extente of 1274 and two de Carterets are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.


  • Carteray
  • Charteray
  • Carteres
  • Cartred
  • Katereck
  • Karteret
  • Quarteret
  • Malet de Carteret, a surname assumed by Malet descendants of the de Carterets of St Ouen's Manor

Accuracy of information

We have been aware since they were posted that some of the information in the family trees below disagrees with information on the de Carteret family's Cercle de Carteret website. Our trees have been thoroughly researched over a long period by de Carteret descendants around the world and are believed to be as accurate as any family information stretching back over such a long period can be. We would ask anyone who believes any of the information in our descendancies to be inaccurate to leave a note with the details, on the discussion section of the page in question, so that any discrepancies can be investigated further. We have already updated some of the trees following the receipt of reliable information and are always happy to do so.

Further updates were made during 2016, particularly in regard to the Vinchelez de Haut and Trinity branches. We continue to add and correct dates as and when time is available to research the 500-plus baptisms in the Jersey church registers.

There are more Jersey family trees in Jerripedia (over 3,400 at August 2021) than anywhere else, and we take their accuracy very seriously. Hardly a week goes by when we are not adding new trees or editing existing ones. Anybody with any suggestions to make about alterations to the trees is invited to contact us by sending an email to Please use Jerripedia as the subject for your email.

Important marriages

It is the marriages between members of the de Carteret family and immigrants to Jersey from important families in Medieval Britain, that allows many islanders to trace their ancestry out of Jersey.

Family records


Family trees

A family pedigree drawn up by a de Carteret descendant in the 17th century was sold at auction in 2022 for over £7,000


Church records

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Family histories

St Ouen's Church plaque commemorating Midshipman Philip de Carteret, killed at the Battle of Jutland in World War One
de Carteret tomb


Société Jersiaise Library records


Great War service


Family wills


Burial records


Occupation records


World War 2 casualties

Emigrant to Canada


Family homes

In 1798 Philippe de Carteret announced the sale of his new house near Paul Mill, St Saviour, in the Gazette de l'Ile de Jersey
1833 advert in L'Impartial


Family album

Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including E de Carteret. The picture was taken by Asplet and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, Philippe Amy, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, P Norman, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu

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Family businesses


Family gravestones

Memorials to prominent members of the de Carteret family inside parish churches. In the top row, on the left, inside Holy Trinity, is a memorial to Edward de Carteret, Bailiff of Jersey, who died at the age of 64 in 1682. Usually known as Sir Edouard de Carteret, he was the first of two 17th century Bailiffs of that name. Why his name was anglicised on this memorial, which clearly dates from some time after his death, is not clear. It may be that it was erected as late as the 19th century, when it was fashionable to anclicise the given names of Jerseymen of previous eras

The picture on the right of the top row shows the memorial to Abraham de Carteret in St John's Church. He was a contemporary of Sir Edouard and Seigneur of St John when he died at the age of 31 in 1681.

On the left of the second row is a photograph of the memorial to Elie de Carteret, of St Ouen, in St Peter's Church. The Latin inscription shows that Elie, who is also found as Elias, died in 1640. The memorial also includes his wife, Elizabeth, nee Dumaresq

On the right is the St Ouen's Church memorial to Philippe de Carteret (1583-1643), Bailiff and Lieut-Governor, who famously died at Elizabeth Castle on 23 August 1643 having taken refuge there during the English Civil War. He was buried inside the castle, and his body was moved to St Ouen the following year

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We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form



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