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Origins & roots in Neuchâtel county...

This surname finds its origin (XIVth century) in a few villages in the cantons (states) of Neuchâtel and Vaud counties. A 14th century document states "Junod" as a first name (Marin-Epagnier, Neuchâtel county).

Junod ethymology

Germain Hausmann, genealogist proposes the following etymology:

Junod is a first name which comes from Jeannod, little Jean. In a text (in French) from Matile, there is first the mention of a Johannier which is called some lines further Juxnier (Matile, Georges Auguste, Monuments of the History of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel 1844, T.I, p. 178 and 181, act n° 210 dating about 1280). Junier thus seems to be a local dialect form of Jeannier (via Juxnier). If one proceeds in the same way with Johannod, that would result in Junod.

The "Armorial valaisan, Zürich, 1846" confirms the above, stating :

"GENOUD, Genod, Genoz, Genau, Genaud, Ginoud, Ginod, Ginot, Ginodus, Ginodi, Junod, Jenod, from the ancient first name Jennod, derived from Johannodus [Jeannod], short for Jean ...."

Auvernier Where is Auvernier?

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Auvernier & Junod*

*(Armorial Tripet & Colin - 1707. Variation : silver instead of gold)

Roots of different branches : Junod, Junod-dit-Banderet, Junod-dit-Chauvillier and Junod-dit-Lauxerrois.
For those last two surnames, it seems that one of them at least does not find its roots in the surname Junod.

A little under 1300 people have been transcribed, first from the first known: Jaquet Droge alias Junod - towards the end of the 15th century until the middle of the 17th century, then from the end of the 18th until 2000.


I am in touch with the descendants of one branch which emigrated to the USA: Jean Louis & his wife Cécile Jutzeler and had the pleasure to welcome Louis (+), Forrest, Tom & his parents during their visit to Auvernier. Read more on the history of this lineage following this link.

Select this link for a few aerial views of the village and its castle
The official site of the commune of Auvernier (in French)

Here another link on Auvernier (in French)

Cornaux Where is Cornaux?


This extinct branch of Junod that originated before from the village of Boudevilliers, before the 15th century.

Short of 100 people were transcribed since its roots : Jehan Junod, who came from Boudevilliers gave the branch later known as Junod-dit-Jeanneret, extinguished since the 19th century - and Junod d'Estochet whose ancestor Perroud Estochet recognizes properties in Cornaux in 1375.

The official site of the commune of Cornaux (in French)
Or here another link on Cornaux (French).

Lignières Where is Lignières?

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Lignières & Junod*

*(Armorial neuchâtelois: Notary I. Huguenin - 1660)

Roots and commune of origin of my branch with over 8'000 direct descendants of Gérard, son of Jehan, grandson of Regnault Junod.

Gérard settled in Lignières around 1520.

Research enabled us to assess that a brother of Regnault, named Jean (or Jehan) Junod-dit-Sallier, gave the start to the Cellier family that settled in and took the origin of La Neuveville, Dr Clottu research). Ten years later, the latter's son, Jean Junod aka Salier, notary, married Janette Mayor of La Neuveville and became the family root of the CELLIER.

Based on research by Prof. Dr. François E. Cellier, starvation led these families to leave Nods.

As to the CHIFFELLE, a branch of that family also left Nods to settle in Lignières around 1520. DNA analysis concluded formally that the Junod and the Cellier shared the same common ancestor : a CHIFFELLE who lived in Nods around 1400. This ancestor is the root of all current Chiffelle, Tschiffely, Schifley, etc. families.

Dr. Paul de Quervain, archivist in the small town of La Neuveville wrote an article in 1941 and, basing his research on a genealogy work dating from 1608, established that a Hans Tschiffeli arrived in the area from Sursee (LU) during the 14th century with his spouse Kathrina von Roseneck, both ancestors of all Junod, Cellier, Chiffelle, Tschiffely, Schiffley...

This same genealogy indicated that this family came originally from Lucca in Italy during the 13th century. Dr de Quervain speculated that their surname was then Cipelli (sometimes spelled Ciphelli). In subsequent research we could not find any trace of a Cipelli or Ciphelli in the Lucca area. It would be very interesting to be able to convince a Cipelli, Ciphelli desendant take a quick and simple DNA analysis to confirm ...

More on Lignières
The Cellier family website

Nods Where is Nods?


Extinct in Nods, one branch formed the Junod of Lignières, NE and another one the Junod of Wavre, NE.

Select this link (site of the commune of Nods - French)

Savagnier Where is Savagnier?


Mention of Junod as far back as 1492, a branch which seems to be extinct since the 18th century.

We found 100 individuals linked to this village.

Select this link (The Communes of the Val-de-Ruz - Wiki French)
Here another link on Savagnier.

Travers Where is Travers?

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Travers & Junod*

*(Armorial neuchâtelois: Notary I. Huguenin - 1660)

Pierre Junod aultrement Jolly, born around 1430, is the known root of this branch, and whose grandson starts the branch of Vaumarcus, NE around 1631.

Around 1400 people transcribed.

Select this link (The Communes of Val-de-Travers)
Here another link on Travers (French).
About Absinthe - originating from this valley

Wavre Where is Wavre?


Branch which originates from NODS, neighbor village of Lignières but located in the Canton (State) of Bern. Simon Pierre Junod, from Nods, naturalized in this country (Wavre). Lives in Vilars for 5 years where he held a cabaret (bar) during 2 years.

The official site of the commune of La Tène (in French)