Biles

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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

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


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Biles family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Biles, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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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.

Variants

  • Bile
  • Biles

Family records

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Family trees



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Church records

Tips for using these links



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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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Burial records


Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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