Meaning: named after the towns in France called La Haye du Puits, Normandy and La Haye Pesnel, near Granville, which are name after ‘haie’, meaning hedge.
It is one of the oldest Jersey surnames, first recorded in the 12th century as de Haya. Other variants of the name include La Haye, delahaye and de la Haie. Census records show that this family originally settled predominantly in the parishes of Trinity and St Helier. A number of de la Haye’s emigrated to new colonies such as Australia.
Interesting de la Haye’s:
Hugh de la Haye (1835 – 1906) - first producer of the world famous Jersey Royal potato. John was a farmer at Bushy Farm, Mont Cochon, St Helier and in about 1880 he developed a very early, large cropping, kidney-shaped potoato from two large potatoes he had been given. He named his new crop the Royal Jersey Flukes and from these sprang the Jersey Royals which has brought generations of Jersey farmers financial reward and notoriety.
Corporal Josue Blampied de la Haye, of the Hampshire Regiment, who was killed in action during the First World War on the 6th August 1915, aged 18. Josue, who was from the parish of St Martin, has his name recorded on the Helles Memorial at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.
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