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Boudier family page

Charles Boudier (1854-1907) and Eliza Mary Ann, nee Rayner (1854-1932). This photograph was probably taken 3-4 years before Charles died at the age of 53 - he looks much older than that here. The connection of Charles and Eliza to Jersey has not been substantiated. A descendant has told us:'Charles' grandfather was Philippe Boudier (1786-1837). Philippe's sister Anne (1782-1806) married in London in 1803 but died three years later. Neither baptisms nor births for Philippe and Anne have been found in England, but their respective baptism dates match the children of Philippe Boudier and Anne Le Gresley in St Helier, Jersey. Although it seems very likely the London branch originates from Jersey, no proof has been found

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Origin of Surname

Boudier is a French occupational surname with Germanic roots meaning "Army Messenger".

Submitted by William Harry Boudier, Roseville, California (1941- ), family historian for the descendants of Estienne Boudier and his wife, Ann Payn, married in 1721 in Normandy, France. Emigrated to the island of Jersey as religious refugees and took the Oath of Allegiance to the British Crown on 4 October 1721. The Reverend John Boudier referred to below is the 3x great-grandfather of William.

References: Dictionnaire Etymologique des Noms de Famille et Prenoms de France, Paris 1951; Societe Jersiaise Annual Bulletin and Genealogy of Estienne Boudier and Ann Payn Family.

Earliest records

Although there are web references to Jacques Boudier, married to Guellemine Aeher and living in Jersey in 1478, being the son of Jean Boudier, it is not clear what is the source of these references. If there were Boudiers in Jersey in the 15th century, their line seems to have died out, because the first recorded baptism is in 1722.


These two names have the same derivation but are probably distinct families in Jersey

  • Boudier
  • Boudet

From Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The family of Boudier is of remote antiquity in its native province of Normandy, where it had extensive landed possessions at Saint Malo, Coutances, and Villemer ; its various members having been Seigneurs of Soulle, St Giles, la Bissonaire, and of other fiefs in the neighbourhood. It was intimately connected with the Norman families of Lennier, Durand, Dupre, and Le Feuvre. One member of this family, Peter Francis Boudier, was Grand Prior of the Abbey of St Denis, and Superior-General of the Order of the Benedictines. A letter from Pope Clement XIV, addressed to this eminent ecclesiastic, is still extant in the family.

Various confirmations of arms have been made to the family; the earliest in 1396, and the latest in 1609. From this family was lineally descended, through Estienne Boudier, who settled in Jersey in the 18th century, the late Rev John Boudier, who was educated in France, then at Bury St Edmunds, and afterwards at Pembroke College, Oxford. He was successively Rector of St Ouen, Jersey, and of Grendon, Northamptonshire.

Arms : Or, on a pale azure, a crescent argent, between two mullets of the first. Crest : a crescent, argent. Motto : Dieu et la religion.

Family records


Jersey family trees




Great War service

Sons of John Boudier and Lydia Alice Norman

  • John Francis Boudier (1896- ) (St P), Officer's Steward RN, HMS Monitor
  • William George Boudier (1897- ) (St P), Able Seaman RN, HMS Attentive


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Boudier 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

  • Boudier : Anna Esther , ... - 22/Jul/1893 , 01/Apr/1913 , D/Y/A/72/20
  • Boudier : Esther , of St Helier, widow of Jean Coutanche 27/05/1835 Desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery Bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 5s - Unknown date , 29/Oct/1835 , D/Y/A/23/69
  • Boudier : Frank , of St Helier - 13/Aug/1861 , 10/Oct/1868 , D/Y/A/34/60
  • Boudier : John Francis , Lowlands, St Peter - 11/Mar/1922 , 06/Aug/1930 , D/Y/A/90/104
  • Boudier : Josue , of St Helier 12/11/1824 Desires to be buried in St Helier's cemetery Bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 of the order - Unknown date , 04/Sep/1826 , D/Y/A/20/71
  • Boudier : Rachel , St Martin - 10/Aug/1887 , 09/Dec/1905 , D/Y/A/64/113


Burial records

Family businesses

Family album

The Boudier family in spring 1894 - Frederick Henry, Charles, Eliza Mary Ann, nee Rayner, Philip Frederick, John Kendall, James, Edith Lily, Eleanor, ELizabeth Mary Ann,Emily Martha, Charles and Joseph. Charles Henry, in the centre of the back row, had died a few weeks earlier and was added to the picture by the photographer

Family gravestones

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