Origin of Surname
The family name is thought to derive from a Christian name, formerly Aier or Aye. In the north-east of France it is believed to come from the Germanic personal name Athier, Hatie. It may also have meant an `heir`, which was spelt in 16th century French in various ways, including Hoyer.
Jean Ahier is mentioned in the Assizes Roll of 1309, and Raoul Ahier, son of Richard, with Guillaume Ahier and another Raoul Ahier being mentioned in the Extente of 1331. Guillaume Ahier, perhaps he of 1331, was an archer at Mont Orgueil Castle in 1339. The birth of Martin Ahier, from whom a descent can be traced by most Jersey Ahiers, took place in Jersey in about 1380. The Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains four Ahiers.
Barthelemy Ahier, born in St Saviour in about 1500, married Regnaulde Bisson daughter of Perrin, whilst Girette Ahier, who married George Poingdestre, was born in about 1482. At least two Ahiers were priests before the Reformation. Sire Thomas Ahier, son of Louis, was Chaplain and, in 1489, Procureur of the Seigneur of Rosel, whilst another Sire Thomas Ahier was a priest, prior to his death in 1546.
The surname has primarily been associated with the eastern parish of St Saviour, where several branches held land in the vicinity of La Ville Patier and La Froide Rue, now called Bon Air Lane, with others owning land in Longueville. From the late 17th century, a branch of the family resided in Trinity, from which was descended Philippe Ahier, Regent of St Mannelier (1781), his son, the Reverend Jean Thomas Ahier, Rector of Trinity 1811-1850 and grandson John Patriarche Ahier a noted Island historian and author of Tableaux Historiques de L`Ile de Jersey.
Other members of the Ahier family to have made their mark on Island history include the Reverend Josué Ahier M.A. (Oxon.), Rector of St Lawrence 1650-1693, who married the heiress of Lieutenant-Bailiff Laurens Hamptonne and his son, Josué Ahier, Constable of St Lawrence 1687-1703.
- Ayen 1340
- Ayer, 1292
- Haiher 1309
All these trees were first added to the site in 2011 and 2012, before we had church records available to check against. We are now starting to produce newly researched trees which will either confirm the details in the earlier trees or identify errors. That process will take some time, and until we can confirm that all descendancies in the earlier trees have been checked, the two sets of trees should be consulted by researchers into the Ahier family
- Descendants of Martin Ahier (b 1380)
- Descendants of Lucas Ahier (1480- )
- Descendants of Richard Ahier (1351)
- Descendants of Philippe Ahier shows alternative ancestry to above tree
- Descendants of Lucas Ahier
- Descendants of Gedeon Ahier
- Descendants of Jean Ahier (1645)
- Descendants of Guyon Ahier
- Descendants of Jean Ahier and Jeanne Le Febvre
Newly researched trees These trees represent our best efforts to make sense of the confused Ahier ancestry in the 17th century. Individuals of the same name and roughly the same year of birth appear in different online trees and are missing from church records. A number of the trees have notes questioning some relationships and links to other trees, and these should be studied carefully. Researchers will also notice continuing work on some of the trees, and the resolution of some earlier problems. We wish Ahier researchers good luck and suggest that they examine every available resource before settling on their best guess at their own family trees.
- Descendants of Thomas Ahier
- Descendants of Lucas Ahier - 2: covers Descendants of Lucas Ahier (1480- ) with more detail
- Descendants of Gedeon Ahier - 2
- Descendants of Philippe Ahier - 2
- Descendants of Richard Ahier, replaces Descendants of Richard Ahier (1351)
- Descendants of Gedeon Ahier - 3: A revised version of the above
- Descendants of Philippe Ahier - 3
- Descendants of Jean Ahier - 2 Added 2021
- Ahier baptisms in Jersey
- Ahier marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Ahier marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Ahier burials in Jersey
Biographies and family histories
- Ahiers who commanded vessels operating out of Jersey and further afield
- Ahier family members mentioned in a major history of privateering
Great War service
- Philip Ahier was a glass and china dealer at 53 King Street in the 1830s
- Vibert and Ahier were ironmongers at 5 Queen Street either side of the turn of the 19th century
- Hatter and hosier Aaron William Ahier was at 7 Queen Street either side of the turn of the 19th century
- Francis Ahier ran the Clarence Hotel at 15 Queen Street in the 1880s
1887 advert from L'Almanach de la Gazette de Jersey for Henry Ahier's bookshop and bookbinding business in the Parade
A fishing permit issued to William Charles Ahier during the German Occupation. Born in Plymouth in 1906  he was a motor mechanic living at Greystones, Clubley Estate, St Helier in 1941, married to Victoria May Tramp (1899-1949) at St Helier Registry Office in 1934
A curfew pass issued to Horace Ahier during the Occupation 
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P Ahier photographed by Ernest Baudoux
A Mr Ahier photographed by Ernest Baudoux
Abraham Philippe Ahier (1890-1961), born in Grouville and emigrated to Toronto He was the son of Abraham and Mary, nee Le Couillard
A 1945 travel permit allowing Laura Lawford, nee Ahier, to return to Jersey
Ahier family gravestones
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Notes and references
- ↑ The permit gives an incorrect spelling of his family name and his birth year
- ↑ This pass is held by Jersey Archive. Visit The Archive online catalogue for more information. A subscription may be needed to view some of the site's content