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Biles family page

This is a very early English surname, but it did not arrive in Jersey until the mid-19th century. The family was prominent in equestrianism in the 20th century and owned Pomme d'Or Farm, including a large field known as Biles Field, at First Tower, The field was used for grazing horses, but now Pomme d'Or Farm housing estate has been built on it


Leah 'Lily' Angelina Biles, nee Seager (1878-1920), St Ouen, wife of George Francis Biles

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Origins of surname

This is a very early old English surname, which started as Bile, derived from the old word meaning a bill or beak or a bird. The name was either given to someone who lived on the top of a hill or was a nickname for somebody with prominent features. The form Biles originally meant 'son of Bile'.

Early records

The name has been found in Jersey records from the 1840s onwards, and most births and baptisms were recorded in the western parishes of St Ouen and St Peter. The family tree below indicates that the main Jersey family originated in the West of England; Dorset and Somerset.


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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Biles 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

  • Biles : Charles Harold , of 10, Jack Counter Close, First Tower, St Helier - 15/Aug/1977 , 15/Aug/1977 , D/Y/B1/264/1
  • Biles : Harry William , Pomme D'Or Farm, St Helier - 22/Sep/1931 , 09/Dec/1931 , D/Y/A/92/44
  • Biles : William Henry , Pomme D'Or Farm, Bellozanne, St Helier - 19/Nov/1927 , 30/Apr/1936 , D/Y/A/98/128

Charlie Biles driving a horse-drawn van in 1964
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