A primer on Jèrriais names

Jèrriais is the language of the island of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France and close to Great Britain. It’s a Romance language, one of the varieties of Norman spoken in the Channel Islands. Jèrriais is among the langues d’oïl, a group of Gallo–Romance languages. Others include Picard, Walloon, Dgèrnésiais, Sercquiais, Lorrain, and Bourguignon-Morvandiau.

Sadly, English has almost completely replaced Jèrriais on Jersey, and the island of Sark, where it can also be found. Whereas during the Nazi occupation of WWII, the people were able to communicate in their own language and not be understood by either the enemy or their French interpreters, today it’s estimated there are under 3,000 speakers left. The last monolingual speakers were said to have died out in the 1950s.

Jèrriais is now classified as a threatened language, though there are valiant efforts to revive the language. Most speakers today can be found in the parish of Saint Ouën, comprising 8% of all Jèrriais speakers. Ironically, the parish with the lowest percentage (2.1%), Saint Helier, has the largest number of speakers overall.

I have no Jèrriais or Jersey island connection in my writing to date that I can remember, though I’m very eager to find a way to work something in.

Sample names:

Male:

Âbréhan (Abraham)
Achard
Âdam
Aimabile
Aimé
Albé
Albéric (Aubrey)
Albèrt
Alcide
Alcine
Almire
Andrâ (Andrew)
Arsène
Aubert
Aubîn

Batistin
Bazile
Bênardin
Bénoni
Benouét
Bèrnabé (Barnaby)
Bêtinet
Bon

Cénéric
César
Cliément (Clement)
Constant

Dâlpheusse (Dol) (Adolf)
Dannié (Daniel)
Dâvi
Delphin
Dénin
Dgibèrt (Gilbert)
Dgilliaume (William)

Edelmir
Êdouard (Dardot, Dardinne, Darri, Darrique)
Élyie (Elijah)
Èrthu (Arthur)
Evroult

Félis, Félix
Firmin
Filipin
Fllocé
Fraînque (Frank)
Françouais
Frédéris (Frédo, Fréton)

Gabriel
Geffrai
Génotin
Gérold
Gllâome, Gllâomin
Gudgion (Gideon)
Guérôme (Jerome)
Guustave, Guuste (Guustin)

Hébèrt
Henri
Hubèrt
Isidore (Zidore)

Jâcob
Jaques (Jacot, Jaquinot)
Jâosé (Jâoséphin) (Joseph)
Jeaun (John)
Jeustin (Justin)
Jimce (Jînmîn) (James)
Jônas
Josué (Joshua)
Jules (Julot)

Laïesse (Elias)
Léan
Léonche
Lexaundre (Alexander)
Louothains (Lawrence)
Ludovi (Louis)

Mabire
Malquamme (Malcolm)
Mar (Marius)
Martîn
Matchi (Matthew)
Mathurin
Médéric
Miché, Michi (Michael)

Napoliyoun (Léyoun)
Nic’lesse (Nico, Nic) (Nicholas)
Noré
Noué (Noël)

Olivyi (Oliver)
Ortaire
Ouesslé (Wesley)

Pâolin (Paul)
Ph’lip, Ph’lippe (Philot)
Pierrot (Piérotin)
Pîteur, Pièrre (Pèrrotîn) (Peter)

Rasiphe
R’chard
Rémin
Réné
Robèrt
Rollon (Rudolph)

Sosthène
Tancrède
Théodore
Thimothée, Timothée
Thiphile
Thiry
Thonmas (Tamme, Tanmîn, Tanminne, Tanme) (Thomas)
Touénot

Ugène (Eugene)
Valentîn
Victorin
Wandrille
Zéphyr

Female:

Adeline
Agathe
Almaïde
Alzina
Ambre (Amber) (a contemporary, not traditional, name)
Âmice (Friendly)
Anne
Antoinette
Aonène
Arlette
Aungèle (Angela)
Aungélina
Azelma

Berrie
Berthe
Bonne

Carolène
Cath’rinne, Cathrène
Cat’linne (Cat’let)
Cécire (Cecilia)
Cédulie
Célène
Chimâne
Chinote
Claudile
Cllâodène (Claudine)
Cllémentène
Coline
Coralie
Cyrille

Délaïde (Adelaide)
Dorothée

Edelène
Edelmire
Élîzabé, Lîzabé, Lisabé (Betté, Zabeth)
Elyzée
Ernestène
Estèr, Stèr
Eulalie
Êve
Ezilda

Félicitaé
Féréolle
Flieur, Fleurine (Flora)
Fraunchoun (Fraunchounette)

Gabyelle
Gélique
Génie (Génîn)
Grâce
Guéânne, Guiâné, Guinâte, Jânotte (Guiânette)
Guiromène
Guustène (Augustina)

Henriette
Hièrru
Housse

Jacotte
Jasmîn
Jennîn (Jénîn, Jeanneton, Jeannetounette) (Jeannine)
Jeulie (Julie)
Jeustène (Justine)
Joséphène
Jouaie (Joy)
Juliette

Launde
Lèane
Léne
Léonne, Lioûnie (Llioûnîn)
Léontine
Lina
Lliocadie
Lonôre, Aliénor (Eleanor)
Louiseu
Lucie (Lucette)

Margerie
Marguérite, Mèrdgitte (Mèrgot)
Marotène
Mathie (Mathotte, Micotte), Méraïyeu (Mèrrotte, Micotte) (Mary)
Mauricette
Mélanîn, Mélonie (Melanie)
Mélie, Mêlie, Emélie (Amelia)
Mélina
Mêrrienne (Mèrrotte, Micotte) (Marianne)
Mollé (Molly)

Naïse
Nânette
Nâonoun
Nathalée, Nathalie
Nénai (Nénotte) (Nancy)
Norène

Olympe
Ophélie
Ouinneteur (Winter)

Pâcienche (Patience)
Palmyre
Pâolène (Pauline)
Pavot (Poppy)
Pérotène
Philiberthe

Râché (Rachel)
Raîne
Rénâée
Rousalie

Saundrène (Alexandrina)
Sébire (Sibyl)
Séraphène
Sidonnie
Simone
Soucique
Suzette
Suzonne, Suzoun

Torène
Touènette
Ugénie (Eugenia)
Victoère, Victorène (Victoria)
Violâte (I obviously wouldn’t recommend this in an Anglophone country!)
Vonette

Younette
Yvanne
Zélie
Zénaïde
Zoé

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