|The origin of the name
Priaulx (pronounced Pree-oh) in the Channel Islands stems from
Pierre de Préaux, who was appointed Lord of the Islands of Jersey,
Guernsey and Alderney in 1200 by King John. Unfortunately he was
only to hold this position until
mainland Normandy was returned to French rule, and the foundation of
the present constitution of the Channel Islands was established.
Since then, the surname can been found continuously through to the
present day. They have included bankers, merchants, privateers,
builders as well as their fair share of farmers and agricultural
labourers. I have three separate Priaulx branches to my family tree,
which are outlined below.
Thomas De Preaus
Jean Priaulx de la Chambre, Forest
Following the male line of my great great
grandmother, Lucie Priaulx, leads through many Pierres, to Jean Priaulx
of La Chambre in the Forest parish of Guernsey. This branch intermarried
with the Mauger family of the Forest over several generations.
Jean Prios of Le Bourg d'Aval, Forest
Two generations of the above line married into the
Priaulx family of Le Bourg d'Aval. Suzanne and Elizabeth Priaulx were
first cousins, and married Pierre father and son ! The Priaulx of Le
Bourg d'Aval family were all descended from Jean Prios, as shown below.
Pierre Priaulx of Forest, and his descendents in Jerbourg, St
I had originally thought my third Priaulx line was
totally unconnected with the other two, since from the early 1800s
onwards they lived at Jerbourg in St Martins. However, the oldest
Jean Priaulx was born in the Forest, so I am now trying to find out
whether there is a link with my other Forest Priaulx branches.
William Nicholas Priaulx (pictured right), a prominent island
builder in his day, descends from this line.
William Nicholas Priaulx
my great-great grandfather
famous Priaulx include Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx (1805-1891) who
donated his house, gardens and book collection to the island of
Guernsey. Today, the
is a centre for Guernsey Family History research. His ancestors built
their wealth from smuggling and privateering through which they built a
shipping company, Carteret Priaulx. This company laid the foundations
for the first bank in Guernsey.
Last update: 07 Mar 2004
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