ETYMOLOGY OF THE NAME-
GIBLOT AND GIBLOT
There is no hard and fast rule for the spelling of Giblot
Ducray and it may be spelt as Giblot du
Cray, Giblot Du Cray, Giblot Ducray
or merely Ducray, some prefer one
way or the other.
At first it was thought that in earlier times it was
originally du Cray, later becoming Ducray, perhaps because of the French
Revolution when many nobles dropped the “particule” (de, du) or incorporated it
in one word. However, in the family documents the name is often spelt in one
word, even on the oldest ones.
In modern usage, double barrelled names have gradually
fallen away. It is common today to use the name Ducray only, and spelt in one
The single usage of Ducray, without Giblot, is evident in the
telephone directories of Mauritius, France and in the indexes of the Archives
in Port Louis. In recent times the name Giblot has even been officially omitted
when registering progeny, the author, Marc’s surname is evidence of this, he is
christened and registered merely as Ducray.
The earliest known direct ancestor bearing the name Giblot
is Charles Giblot.
Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, it was customary for
the eldest son only to use the father’s name. All other sons were required to
add another name to the patronymic one, as a sign of respect to the father and
to distinguish themselves from other members of the family. The additional name
is normally taken from the estate (property) owned or an area in which they
A good example of this is Charles Francois Giblot Ducray’s
family. Although he was the eldest son, he adopted the name Giblot de Lorcy,
from the area where he lived.
From the time of Jean Baptiste Félix Giblot du Cray, in the
1700, the family took the name “Giblot du Cray” and this name has continued.
Hence the connection between Giblot and Giblot Ducray.
The earliest known record of the name Giblot is in 1468 and
this is recorded in the Archives in Paris. To put the date of 1468, into
perspective, it was approximately in the era of Christopher Columbus, who
discovered America in 1492.
Giblot is a rare name in France today. Only four Giblots
seem to have been born there between 1966 and 1990 and one of these first saw
the light of day in Martinique. It’s so rare today in France that it’s ranked
at no. 149, 893 in the list of family names. Even searches under alternative
spellings such as Gibleau and Gibelotte reveal no further members of the
DERIVATION OF THE NAME
To date the derivation of the name Giblot or Ducray cannot be
traced. Ducray could possibly be derived from:-
The “du” means of; Cray - perhaps from “craie” in French,
Ducray - of Chalk.
This is all supposition, but
possible, as the area in France where the family emanated from, is in fact chalky.