Avrill family page
Frank Avrill (right) presents a trophy at a cattle show to young Charles Quenault
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Origins of surname
The surname is derived from avril, the French word for the month of April, and would have been applied to someone born in that month. However, its frequency compared with names based on other months suggests that it had a wider meaning, signifying 'a new beginning', as one would associate with Spring.
The name arrived in Jersey from the north coast of Brittany at the very end of the 18th century, somewhat earlier than names linked to the families of itinerant farmworkers, but probably still associated with the influx of Breton labourers.
Births and baptisms
These wills created by members of the Avrill/Avril family 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, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Elizabeth Avril of St Ouen - 2 June 1888, D/Y/A/47
- François Avril of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £1 18 August 1849 - D/Y/A/27
- Philippe Avril of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 5s 7 January 1847 - D/Y/A/26
- Thomas Avril, St Ouen, bequeaths to Thomas William Avril Les Vaux de Coin, La Petite Cueillette, St Ouen to Francis Philip Avril Le Champ de Petit Vautier, La Grande Cueillette, St Ouen - 18 June 1927, D/Y/A/87
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