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Bechervaise family page


William George Bechervaise and Frederick Marett Dumaresq, his brother in law

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Origin of surname

We have not been able to find any information about the origin of this name. 'Bech' may indicate a place with a rock.

Early records

The history of the Bechervaise family in Jersey can be traced back to the late 16th century with the marriage of Richard Bechervaise and Jeanne Vaulcourt, daughter of Guille, in 1582, being the earliest entry in a church register, However, the second of the two trees below suggests that Philippe Bechervaise, who was living in 1528, was baptised in the island. And the history of the family in Canada (see link below) claims that there is a record of a Colinus Bechervaise in St Lawrence, Jersey as early as 1331.


  • Bechervaise, 1668
  • Beauservis, 1607
  • Bescervoyse, 1528
  • Beusurveys, 1340
  • Boiscervoise, 1329
  • Beynecerveyse, 1309
  • Beycerveise,
  • Bicerirvise, 1299


Members of the family were later to emigrate to Canada and Australia, and it is likely that Bechervaise Island in Antarctica was named after a descendant of the Australian emigrant. There are also places in Tasmania and Canada which bear the Bechervaise name.

Family records


Family trees




Family wills

These wills created by members of the Bechervaise 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Bechervaise : Philippe , ... - 02/Mar/1791 , 26/Feb/1812 , D/Y/A/18/57
  • Bechervaise : Philippe , of St Mary 24/03/1791 Desires to be buried in St Mary's Cemetery Bequeaths to the poor of St Mary, £4 of the order - Unknown date , 25/May/1793 , D/Y/A/15/47
  • Bechervaise : Pierre , ... - 18/Aug/1690 , 25/Apr/1691 , D/Y/A/2/10

Family gravestones

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