Blondel

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Francois Louis Auguste Le Lerre and Marie Josephine Colomb Blondel with their daughter Louise. The couple were married in Normandy in 1889 and Louise was born in Jersey the following year

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Marie Augustine Blondel and her granddaughter Lily Glover. Marie came to Jersey in 1852 with her 'husband' Auguste Pierre Boivin. The banns were read for their marriage in Normandy in about 1850 but they never actually married. They had 14 children, all but the first born in Jersey

Origin of surname

Blondel is a variant of the French surname Blondin, a diminutive of blond (someone with blond hair). It is most common in France in the Seine-Maritime region, but is found all along the Normandy coastline.

It is well established in Guernsey, both Matthew Blondel and Colin Blundel appear in the 1309 Assizes.

There is a legend that the French troubador, Blondel de Nesle, rescued King Richard I and was rewarded with property in Guernsey[1].

The name has also been present in Jersey, mainly as Blondell, since the 16th century.

Variants

  • Blondell
  • Blundel

Related places

Also, a number of old Guernsey farmhouses in St Saviours are associated with the Blondel family:

  • La Porte[2]
  • Les Bordages[3]
  • Les Grands Courtils[4]
  • Les Piques[5]
  • Les Lohiers[6]
  • Frie Baton[7]
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Notable Guernseymen

  • John Blondel, Bailiff of Guernsey, (1483-1498)
  • A significant number of Jurats of Guernsey:
    • James Blondel, 1527
    • Nicholas Blondel, 1536
    • John Blondel, 1539
    • Leonard Blondel, 1551
    • John Blondel, son of Collas, 1561
    • Thomas Blondel, 1580
    • Leonard Blondel, 1597
    • John Blondel, son of Leonard, 1617
    • John Blondel, son of Thomas, 1622
    • John Blondel, of St Saviours, 1661


Family records

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Family wills


This will created by a member of the Blondel 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Maria Blondel née Le Peinteur of La Hambie, St Saviour - 24 February 1947, D/Y/A/117

References and Further Reading

  1. Blondel de Nesle, wikipedia retrieved 6 Oct 2011
  2. Priaulx TF, La Porte, St Saviours, Review of the Guernsey Society, Winter 1957
  3. Priaulx TF, Les Bordages, St Saviours, Review of the Guernsey Society, Spring/Summer 1954
  4. Priaulx TF, Les Grands Courtils, St Saviours, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1955
  5. Priaulx TF, Les Heches and Les Piques - Part 2, Review of the Guernsey Society, Summer 1956
  6. Priaulx TF, Les Lohiers, St Saviours, Review of the Guernsey Society, Spring 1957
  7. Priaulx TF, Sous l'Eglise, St Saviours, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1958

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