Origin of Surname
The name is derived from the town of Coutances on the Cotentin peninsular of Lower Normandy. The spires of Coutances Cathedral can be seen from Jersey's east coast.
The family is a relatively latecomer to Jersey, not being found in the 14th Century Assize Rolls and Extentes but first surfacing in the Extente of 1528. The Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains two Coutanches.
Jeanne Coutanche, who married Julien Vibert, was born in Jersey in about 1550.
There are very few church records for Coutanche (in its various spellings) before 1608, and records for many marriages in the 17th century have not been found
- Coutanche baptisms in Jersey
- Coutanche marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Coutanche marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Coutanche burials in Jersey
In 2021 we reviewed all the Coutanche trees below, simplifying the structure and incorporating several existing trees into an enlarged tree, starting with the earliest known Coutanche ancestor in St John - Pierre (1545- ). This tree was further expanded with information from an online tree built by a trusted researcher. This has resulted in the creation of a large tree, which addresses most of the problems in the other earlier trees. It is still lacking in some detail, particularly dates for early generations, for which no church records can be found. We have now deleted a group of earlier trees which have been incorporated in their entirety into this tree
- Descendants of Pierre Coutanche (1545)
- Descendants of Pierre Coutanche - 5 A separate descent from Pierre (1643- ) in the above tree
Apparently unconnected trees for Coutanche families in other parishes
- Descendants of Regnault Coutanche: Originating in Trinity, ancestors of WW2 Bailiff Alexander Coutanche. Apparently unconnected to Trinity generations in main tree above
- Descendants of Jean Coutanche
- Descendants of Francois Coustances
- Descendants of Noe Coutanche
- Descendants of Noe Coutanche - 2
Great War service
World War 2 casualties
- Rue Coutanche, Trinity
- Coutanche Farm, Trinity
- Manor House, St Lawrence
- Henry Vincent Coutanche was a draper at 17 King Street from 1880 to 1920, and possibly a few years either side
- Elizabeth Coutanche was a dressmaker at 42 King Street in the 1870s ...
- ... Perhaps the same as Eliza Coutanche, who was at 18 Queen Street in the 1850s
- Widowed grocer Ann Coutanche was at 32 Queen Street in the 1860s
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And a card sent to another Miss Coutanche in 1907. Normally the address and date would be sufficient to identify the recipient, but at the time there were three Miss Coutanches living at Clarence House. They were Virginia (1878- ), Eliza Mary (1881- ) and Annie (1883- ) and they were living with their unmarried brother John George (1867- ) and mother Eliza. Eliza was Eliza Boomer, the second wife of John Coutanche (1840- ). He was the son of builder Jean Coutanche and Nancy Cabot, and he became a baker. He married Mary Jane Boomer, sister of George, the first headmaster of La Moye School and founder of La Moye Golf Club, in 1866. John George was born the following year and Mary Jane died in 1869. Widowed John married again in 1871 to Mary Jane's younger sister Eliza, who was the mother of the three sisters. As far as we know none of the three ever married. John George carried on his father's business, working as a baker
New Zealand newspaper cuttings
These references to descendants of the Coutanche family from Jersey were found in New Zealand newspapers
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