Abraham family page
The presence of the Abraham family in Jersey dates back to the 1830s. They probably came to the island from France
Eva Mildred May Abraham (1923-1996) in 1936
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Origins of surname
This surname, found throughout Europe in various spellings, dates to before the 12th century when it was one of the many surnames of Hebrew influence which were given by returning Crusaders to their children, in recognition of their fathers' visit to the Holy Land, and which subsequently became surnames. Abraham translates as 'The father of the nation', and was borne by the first of the Jewish patriarchs, although the surname itself is not essentially Jewish. The 1086 Domesday Book for London, in the first known public recording, refers to Abraham, a priest.
The first baptisms on record in Jersey were those of Marie Elise and Alexandrine Victoria, the daughters of Jean Francois and Marie Le Boutillier, in St Lawrence in 1836 and 1839, suggesting that the name came from France. Jean and Marie were married in St Helier in 1835. The register entry describes Jean as coming from St Lawrence, but in the absence of any earlier baptism record, it seems likely that he was living there at the time of his marriage, rather than born there.
Another Jean, born in France in 1812, and married to Marie Langlois (1823- ) also settled in St Lawrence. Their five children were born there between 1840 and 1850.
The name arrived separately from England at more or less the same time, because the St Helier register contains the baptisms of Adolphus Montague Abraham, the son of Benjamin, of Kent, and Matilda Anley, in 1842. The couple had married in Jersey the previous year.
There is a record of a marriage of Isaac Abrahams and Alija Statton in St Helier in 1811, but no trace of any children.
These are the only known variants in Jersey
Abraham baptism records
Family members who served in the Great War
- Corporal Alfred Lewis Philip Abraham
- Alfred John Emile Abraham (1894- ), Mercantile Marine
- Armand Walter Alfred Abraham, Private, Royal Fusiliers, ex RMIJ
- Francis John Abraham (1901- ), Boy, 2nd class, HMS Vivid
- John Peter Abraham (1872- ), Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine, ss Vauban
- Walter Louis Alfred Abraham, Private
This will created by a member of the Abraham family is 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, which covers the period from 1663 to 1946, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Walter Abraham, 83 New Street, St Helier - 18 December 1946, D/Y/A/116
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