1. Pierre Jouvenel, the founder of this, the most ancient of the family lines, was a draper and merchant of Troyes, capital of the province of Champagne. Fairs of six weeks duration were held each June and October. One week was given over to the sale of cloth exclusively, as it was the most important item of trade in the middle ages. A draper, of course, is a dealer in cloth.
  2. II i. Jean--b. 1360.

II. Jean Jouvenel was born in Troyes in 1360. Trained in the law, he entered the royal service in 1380. In payment for his accomplishments he was given the mansion at Ursins, whence comes the family name. Further he was made lord of Mormant in Brie in 1404, and Chancellor of France in 1413. He married a daughter of one of the nobelest houses of France, Michelle de Vitry, in 1386. A supporter of the Armagnac faction in the struggles for the throne, he died April 1, 1431.

i. Jean--b. 1388 in Paris; d. 1473 in Reims; noted lawyer and churchman, Bishop of Beauvais, Bishop of Laon, Archbishop of Reims, vindicator of Joan of Arc at the second trial, and famous historian; crowned King Louis XI in 1461.

ii. Guillame--b. 1400 in Paris; d. 1472 in Paris; noted warrior, lieutenant of the Dauphine and member of the army of Joan of Arc; Chancellor of France in 1445; Chancellor of Tours, 1465; a portrait by Fouquet exists.

III iii. Michel

iv. Jacques--archbishop & governor of Reims; Bishop of Poitiers; involved in the Cardinal la Balue Conspiracy.

seven other children.

III. Michel Jouvenel (Jean II) des Ursins, Lord of Gauthier Chapel, and Baliff of Troyes, married Yolande de Montberon, Nov. 25, 1446. She was the daughter of François, baron of Montberon, and Louise of Clermont. He died in 1480.

IV i. Jean

other children.

IV. Jean Jouvenel (Michel III) des Ursins, Lord of Gauthier Chapel, was first President of the Parlement of Rouen in 1539.

V i. François

ii. Jean--dean of Paris in 1542; Bishop of Tregier; d. 1556.

VI iii. Louis

other children.

V. François Jouvenel (Jean IV) des Ursins, Baron of Trainel, was married to Anne l'Orfevre of d'Ermenonville.

VII i. Christoph

ii. Anne-m. Guillaume de Lannoy, lord of Boissiere; m. Charles d'Ognnies, count of Chaulnes and governor of Peronne.

other children.

VI. Louis de Jouvenel (Jean IV) des Ursins was first President of the Parlement of Rouen. He founded the line of Juvenels, lords of Armentieres, which came to an end in Charlotte Jouvenel des Ursins, daughter of Gilles Juvenel and Charlotte d'Arces. She had inherited all the titles of the family and passed them on to Eustache de Conflans, viscount of Oulchy, on her death, June 9, 1628.

VII. Christoph Jouvenel (François I) des Ursins, Baron of Trainel, knight of the Order of the King, governor of Paris, married Madeleine de Luxembourg, daughter of Antoine II, Count of Brienne, and Marguerite de Savoie. He died in 1588.

i. François--Marquis of Trainel and Doue, knight of the Order of the King; ambassador to Rome; ambassador to England 1619; Marshall of the army; married Guillemette d'Orgemont and had one daughter; his name and arms went to François de Harville, his great-nephew.

ii. Phillippe--d. young.

iii. Catherine--m. 1577 Claude de Harville, lord of Palaiseau and councillor of state.

three other daughters.

At this point the direct line is lost. There is every possibility that subsequent lines of Jouvenels are descended from children whose names are not known. Such, at least, is the claim of later bearers of the name.

Coat-of-arms is: bandé d'argent & de gueules de 6 pièces, au chef d'argent, chargé d'une rose de gueules, boutonnée d'or, soutenue du meme.


The line of Jouvenels presently bearing the title "des Ursins" come from the Limousin. Their origins, like all others, are lost in the confusion of the religious wars.

A. Jean Jouvenel, notary of Cosnac, 1582-1589.

B. Dejouvenel, hereditary royal notary of Cosnac, 1591.

C. Master Hélyes Jouvenel, royal notary and lieutenant of Cosnac. He married Jeanne Conchet, who apparently died after bearing two children. On March 29, 1646, he married Madeleine dé Durieu.

i. Etienne--military duty in Catalonia in 1656.

ii. François--a lawyer at the Parlement of Bordeaux and judge at Cosnac.

iii. Jacquette--m. François Laffeuille, official at Lissac.

iv. Marguerite--b. Aug. 1, 1649.

v. Jeanne--b. March 6, 1651; m. May 4, 1670, Jean Lacoste.

vi. Antoine--born March 22, 1652.

vii. Ysabeau--bapt. Feb. 22, 1656.

viii. Antoine--bapt. Feb. 22, 1656.

ix. Etienne--b. May 6, 1657.

x. Hélyes--b. July 5, 1658.

xi. François--bapt. Feb. 7, 1660.

xii. Jacques--b. May 25, 1662; pastor at Cosnac, 1697-1726, and prior at Saulière.

xiii. Léonarde--b. June 6, 1666; m. Guillaume Bosredon.

xiv. Jeanne--b. June 6, 1666.

D. Antoine de Jouvenel (Hélyes C) was lord of Maranzac, a lawyer, and judge of Cosnac. He married in Brive, Feb. 20, 1683, to Jeanne de Vielbans, daughter of Jean Vielbans of Nouvillars.

i. Etienne--lord of Maranzacs; knight of the Order of St. Louis; major of royal grenadiers of Chatillon regiment, and lieutenant of dragoons in the regiment of the Conde.

E ii. Jean

iii. Jean--pastor at Cosnac, 1728-1737.

iv. Jacques

v. Antoine

vi. François--chief pastor at Chatenet in the Doignon, 1734-1740.

vii. Madeleine--m. Nov. 16, 1728 to lord Baril de Donzenac.

viii. Antoinette--m. Chamaliard, a citizen of Brive.

E. Jean Baptiste de Jouvenel (Antoine D) de Maranzac was lord of Pradel, a retired officer of dragoons, and a citizen of Brive. He married Petronille de Nicolet.

i. Jean Baptiste Sulpice Jouvenel August 30, 1749; captain of calvary in Paris in 1770 and 1781, and captain of dragoons in the Bourbon regiment; fled the country during the Revolution, but returned home after the Thermidorian Reaction.

The direct line then becomes confused again. Two brothers appear in the records. Hélie, lord of Marcillac and a citizen of Varetz, married Jeanne de Maillard of Brive, June 23, 1736, at St. Viance. François married Gabrielle Cramer, Nov. 27, 1736, in Varetz. He was called Jouvenel de Sales.

Related to the line above is that presently holding the title "des Ursins." It claims descent from a Pierre Jouvenel living in 1655.

A. Guy de Jouvenel d'Obazine married a woman from Gaillard who had fiefs at Saint-Hilaire-Peyroux and at Venarsal.

B i. Joseph

C ii. Bertrand

B. Joseph de Jouvenel (Guy A) d'Obazine was an officer in the regiment of Navarre. He married the daughter of the Count of Segonzac. He was buried in the Church of St. Julien in Tulle July 22, 1751.

D i. Jean

C. Bertrand-Joseph-Baptiste del Mas de Jouvenel (Guy A) was lord of Mas and of Mayjonade. He married Jeanne-François de Gimel and founded the line of Jouvenels of Bannières. He was given the hereditary title of baron by Marshall Turenne.

i. J-B François--the Bannières line, the last member of which was assassinated in a political quarrel in 1832.

ii. Marie-Marguerite Victoire--b. July 25, 1777.

iii. Jean Baptiste--b. Aug. 26, 1778.

D. Jean Baptiste de Jouvenel (Joseph B) continued the Obazine line.

E i. Bertrand--b. May 14, 1786.

E. Bertrand-Joseph-Charles de Jouvenel (Jean D) was born May 14, 1786 in Obazine. A geometer by profession, he married Rondet d'Affieux in 1810.

F i. Leon--b. Sept. 25, 1811.

F. Leon de Jouvenel (Bertrand E) des Ursins was born Sept. 25, 1811 in Obazine. A noted politician of the Orleanist party, he established his family's reputation and bought a castle to bolster the claim to nobility. He died Sept. 8, 1886.

G i. Raoul

G. Raoul de Jouvenel (Leon F) des Ursins was an ardent Orleanist party member. He married the daughter of a progressive deputy, De Janze, whose sister was famous for her dedicated observation of the chamber of deputies. He died in 1906.

H i. Henri--b. April 2, 1876.

I ii. Robert--b. 1881.

H. Bertrand Henri Leon Robert de Jouvenel (Raoul G) des Ursins was born April 2, 1876 in Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Correze. He married Claire Boas, daughter of the wealthy Jewish industrialist and Radical politician, Alfred Boas, in 1902. They were divorced in 1906. He later married Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. They were divorced in 1925, after which he married Germaine Hement. Editor, politician, diplomat, he died Oct. 5, 1935.

J i. Bertrand--b. Oct. 31, 1903.

ii. Colette--b. August 1913.

iii. Renaud--prominent communist journalist and author.

I. Robert de Jouvenel (Raoul G) des Ursins was born in 1881. He became editor-in-chief of the important socialist daily, L'Oeuvre (the Worker), and was also a famous author. He died of heart disease, July 3, 1924.

i. Robert ? --b. 1914.

ii. Isabella ?

J. Bertrand de Jouvenel (Henri H) des Ursins was born Oct. 31, 1903 in Paris. He married into the family of Duseigneur. A prominent philosopher and writer, he is listed in Who's Who in France, and quoted in American magazines, particularly on economics.

i. Anne

ii. Hugues

iii. Henri


A. Andre Juvenel was the first of the family to be established in Pezenas. In 1596 he was an acquaintance of the Constable Montmorency, who was the leader of the Catholic forces in the civil war. He married in 1613 to Isabeau de la Roque, daughter of Antoine de la Roque and Miralde de Bompart. He died in 1622.

B i. Felix--b. 1617.

ii. Annibal--lieutenant of the first company of horse, and aide to the army of the king; killed in the royal service.

numerous daughters who married into the families of de Lupe, la Loge, and the Count of Champagne.

B. Felix Juvenel (Andre A) was born in 1617. His god-mother was the Princess of Ursins, the wife of the Duke of Montmorency, who was the god-father. His youth was spent in military service as Captain of the Regiment of Saint-Aunes. He married Dec. 22, 1646, Jeanne de Vaissière, daughter of Antoine, lord of Carlencas, and Isabeau de Guilleminet.

C i. Henri--b. 1654.

ii. François--Captain of Dragoons in the Regiment of Ganges; killed at the siege of Namur.

numerous daughters.

C. Henri Juvenel (Felix B), lord of Carlencas, was born in 1654. A moustqueter, and later Captain in the Regiment of the Marine, he married Nov. 16, 1678, Marie de Grave, daughter of Jean-Louis de Grave and Anne Apolit. He died April 29, 1681.

D i. Felix--b. 1679-81

D. Felix Juvenel (Henri C) was born 1679-81. He married Anne de Michel, duaghter of Pierre de Michel-Martelli and Jeanne de Salelles, Oct. 9, 1704. She was related to the family ruling in Savoy, the Grimaldis. He wrote a history of England published in 1706 and a Principles of History in 1733. He died April 11, 1760.

E i. Antoine-Henri.

numerous sons who died young.

E. Antoine-Henri Juvenel (Felix D) was lord of Carlencas, Saint Martin, Montcabrier, Lavagnes, and Clauzels. He married on April 27, 1740, Marie-Anne Grenier, daughter of Jean Jacques Grenier, an old advisor of the king, and Marie de Maintenon.

F i. Felix-Antoine--b. April 27, 1741.

ii. Henri--b. Sept. 7, 1747; a chanter in the Augustinian Order.

iii. Mathieu--b. Nov. 24, 1748; lieutenant in the Regiment of Lyonnois in 1774.

iv. Anne-b. Nov. 9, 1743.

v. Marie--b. Jan. 18, 1745.

F. Felix-Antoine Juvenel (Antoine-Henri E) was born April 27, 1741, and inherited all the titles of his father. He married Antoinette-Catherine Magnol, daughter of Pierre Magnol, a high government official, and Catherine d'Ache.

i. Pierre Antoine--b. Aug. 16, 1772.

ii. Jeanne-Françoise-Catherine-Antoinette--b. Feb. 8, 1770.


This family is apparently descended from a Juvenal who leased the lands of the city monastery of Neoules in the XVI century. His son became a wealthy citizen and somehow obtained the right to a coat-of-arms. As Paul Juvenal wrote in 1937, "it is all very amusing." Interestingly enough, the family comes from the Var, where the American branch of the family originated. They also know of Juvenals who come from the Midi, but do not claim any relationship with them.

Maximin Jean Juvenal is the earliest of this family to be traced. He left Neoules to settle in Cuers in the province of Var before the French Revolution. He was a barrel manufacturer.

His son, Maximin Juvenal, was a doctor in the navy, and was present in campaigns in Mexico, the Crimea, China, and other places both under the Republic and the Empire. He died in 1908. His eldest son, Paul, was a representative of Toulon and died in 1940.

The third Maximin of the family lived in Provence. Like other members of the family, he was "Catholic in religion, but secular in thought, and above all, patriotic and republican." After the first World War he invited Americans to stay with his family and come to know France. His sons, Max and Jean, were both active in the French underground in World War Two. He also had two daughters, Rose and Maximilienne.

Max Juvenal was born Nov. 2, 1905 in Aix-en Provence. He married Marie-Jean Fino. A leader in the French Resistance, he received the Croix de Guerre with palm, the Medal of Resistance with a rosette, became a commander of the Legion of Honor, and was decorated by Czechoslovakia, Italy, and other countries. He was elected to the Assembly, held the post of Counsellor General, and was President of the Council General of Bouches-du-Rhones. He was also a director of the National Association of Lawyers, on the Commission of Instruction in the High Court, the Commission of Justice for the Constitutional Assembly, and was President of the Commission for the Occupied Zone. He has two sons, Max and Paul.

Nicholas Vulfran Jouvenel- landscape artist born 1788 in Abbeville; d. Amiens, April 11, 1878.


J.B. Clement Jouvenel was born 1773/4 in Lille; moved to Belgium in 1815; his son, Adolph, was also an engraver. Adolphe Christian Jouvenel was born in Lille, France, May 10, 1798. His parents emigrated to Brussels, where he was later a noted engraver. He made sixty-five medals for the Royal Academy of Science, Letters, and Fine Arts. He died in Brussels, September 9, 1867. H. Jouvenel was an engraver of this family active in Lille in 1817.


Families are quite common in Germany, as many Huguenots took refuge in the Protestant areas, particularly Wurtemberg.

Nicholas Juvenels was a painter who came to Nuremberg from the Netherlands and established a dynasty of local artists. He decorated many of the Nuremberg churches, and was buried by his wife Clara in the Rochuskirche, August 1, 1597. His son, Paul, was the most capable perspective artist of that era, and many of his portraits hung in the homes of the leading citizens. During the Thirty Years War he fled to Hungary. Esther was a noted painter also. In 1638 she escaped to the town of Pressburg, where she died. Friedrich, born in 1609, died March 2, 1647, without having equalled his father's skill. Johann accompanied his father to Hungary. Johann Phillip went to Vienna. Thus, after three generations the family disappeared.

Juvenals in the town of Villars, Wurtemberg, trace their family back to the 1680's. John (Jacob in one source) was born there in 1841 to a family of millers. He emigrated to the United States with cousins from the Bellons and Blanc families, and married Margaret Book of Naperville. He had a mill on the Fox River near Aurora, but contracted the "miller's disease," or emphysema, and had to turn to farming in Wheatland township in Will county. Later he farmed 80 acres near Aurora. He died in 1908. He had four sons:

1) Louis--born 1872 in Illinois; d. 1920's; had two daughters, Adra and Anna.

2) John Bernard--b. March 20, 1874; m. Clara Bomberger; d. 1963. Son Stanton was born January 4, 1898, and m. Nora Andersonm, September 22, 1923 ; Stanton has two daughters: Lois, b. Jan. 7, 1925, wife of John Metzger; and Ruth, b. Feb. 25, 1927.

3) Charles Franklin--b. 1876 near Yorkville, Il.; had one daughter, Eunice, born 1901 in Naperville; m. George Bentz.

4) William F.--b. 1878 in Illinois.

Jacob Jouvenel was a master in the goldsmith guild in Nuremberg in 1618. His widow died in 1667. Leonard Jouvenel was a Nuremberg painter who married in Vienna in 1641 and died before 1685. Hans Caspar Jouvenel was an art teacher in Munich in 1679.

A family of Jouvenals came from Hamburg. Jacques Jouvenal was a sculptor and did a statue of Benjamin Franklin that is on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street in Washington D.C. His brother, Carl, came on to California. Admiral William Juvenal met him shortly after the First World War and remarked "The grandfather in the family was perhaps a bit older than my father--he had been an immigrant from Germany in his youth-knew that the family had been French Huguenots

emigrated to Germany. But the amazing thing to me was the very marked resemblance of this man to my own father." He had come to America about the age of forty about 1870. His son, Hugo, was in the restaurant business for many years, first in Eureka, California, then in Oakland. His wife's maiden name was Anschutz, and he died in 1927. His children were:

1) Eugene W.--b. 1884 on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco; was a groceryman in Oakland for fifty years with his wife Emma; still living in 1972.

2) Lottie--b. 1888; m. Mr. Blise.

3) Hugo--b. 1890; a printer in Oakland, still living in 1972; two daughters, Jean Marie and Barbara Ellen.

4) Adelaide--m. Mr. Wanala.

5) Juanita--m. Mr. Stone.

6) Marie--m. Mr. Holbrook.

7) Al--was a longshoreman.


One branch of Brazilian Juvenals is related to the Jouvenals from Hamburg. They relate that relatives emigrated to Brazil, as did many Germans in the 19th century.

Members of the American lines have occasionally met persons bearing the name Juvenal who claimed Portuguese ancestry and often spoke little English. Many Frenchmen emigrated there during the Middle Ages during the crusading movement that drove the Moors from the country, but there is no indication that the name is not indigenous.


There are Juveniles residing in the British Isles. In the past some have been living in London, though none are found in that city in recent years.