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Besnard family page


Joseph Besnard, who emigrated to Australia in 1926, photographed about three years earlier in Jersey by E Dreux, of 48 New Street, a photographer not previously known to us

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Origins of surname

This surname, which came to Jersey from France, is also known in England. It is derived from the personal name Bernard, in its many variations, and is particularly known in the west of France, including the Ile-et-Vilaine department which includes St Malo.

Early records

The name is found in Jersey church records as far back as 1545, and continuously through to the mid 18th century. But there is then a gap of some 120 years, suggesting that the original family died out and the name was re-established by further immigrants from France.


  • Besnard

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Family trees


Great War service

  • Joseph Francis Besnard (1861- ) (Dinan), husband of Valentine, service details unknown but believed to be Mercantile Marine


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Family wills

This will created by a member of the family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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

  • Jean Besnard of St Helier 7 November 1757 - D/Y/A/9
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