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Barreau family page


The baptism of Esther Barreau, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite Besnard, took place in St Helier on 17 July 1749

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Origins of surname

This is a medieval French surname. It appears to be occupational and to have the meaning of 'little barrel. Either it was a nickname for a barrel maker (barralier), or for a rounded person, one who was barrel shaped. This surname has sometimes been listed with the English surname Barrow, which has a totally different origin.

Early records

The name was brought to Jersey by Jacques Barreau, who married Marguerite Besnard at St Martin in 1748. All the Barreau birth and baptism records with one exception can be traced back to them. Pierre Barreau and Charlotte Garreau, both from France, were married in 1753, but do not appear to have had a family in Jersey.


  • Barreau, as far as we are aware this is the only form found in Jersey
  • Barau
  • Barrau
  • Baroux
  • Barroux

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Births and baptisms




Great War service

  • Arthur Hamptonne Barreau (1879-1922) (St H) son of Francis Hamptonne Barreau and Eleanor Darley, Sergeant, Hampshire Regiment


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