A'Court family page
The origins of this name are something of a mystery. Although French sounding, it is probably more likely that the family in Jersey originated from England.
Capt John A'Court
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Origin of surname
This name appears to be of French origin and has three possible derivations. It may have referred to someone who was 'at Court' - part of a Royal retinue; or it referred to someone who lived in a courtyard; or, derived from the ancient work curt, meaning small, it referred to a small person, or perversely, a large one.
Neither the form A'Court, nor Court, is found in Normandy records and there are no Jersey records before the mid-19th century, suggesting that it is actually of English, rather than French origin
The Surname Database is clear that this is an English surname, closely associated with the order of society in feudal times, and refers to the residence of a noble or the lord of the manor, and by extension to one either living or employed at such a place. It derives from the Old French word courte, from the Latin cohortis, meaning literally a walled enclosure, but by extension a fortified place.
Early Jersey records
Three apparently distinct families make an appearance in the 1840s. See trees below
- de la Court (a distinct family in Jersey)
Births and baptisms
Family members who served in the Great War
- George A'Court (1876- ), Mercantile Marine
- Henry Clifford A'Court (1900- ), Air Mechanic 3rd Class, RAF
- James Henry A'Court (1898- ), Able Seaman RN, HMS Queen Elizabeth
- John Francis A'Court, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, ex RMIJ
- John Joseph A'Court, (1897- ) Leading signaller RN, HMS Gynner, HMS Tiverton
- Joseph George A'Court, (1901- ) Stoker 1st Class RN, HMS Victory II
These wills created by members of the A'Court family from 1663 to 1948 are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Eliza A'court, Oxford Cottage, Cueillette de Léoville, St Ouen, widow of John Philip Hacquoil - 4 May 1929, D/Y/A/89
- Francis A'court of St Ouen - 10 January 1928, D/Y/A/88
- John A'court, L'Etacq, St Ouen - 14 December 1926, D/Y/A/86
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