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Cotard family page

The family is found mainly as Costard in Jersey records


Francois Costard, son of Jean and Susanne Martel, was baptised in St Helier in 1815

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Origins of surname

This French name either comes from the old Norman cote = cabin, signfying someone who lived in a cabin, or it is a variant of Costard, French slang for 'head'.

Early records

The family first arrived in Jersey in the 1890s. Jean Louis Cotard and Anna Pecheur had five children in St Lawrence between 1893 and 1908. It is found most frequently in the Ille et Villaine and Morbihan departments of Brittany.


  • Cotard
  • Cottard
  • Costard


Church records


Great War service

  • Percival Richard Costard (1876- ) (St H) son of James and Dinah, RNAS, Aircraft Mechanic RAF


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Canivet 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Caroline Costard, 2 Gordon Place, Beach Road, St Saviour, widow of Captain George William Nutbeam - 12 December 1917, D/Y/A/77
  • Edward Costard - 7 September 1891, D/Y/A/50
  • James Costard, 5 Colomberie, St Helier bequeaths to James Edward Costard the property 18 Dorset Street, St Helier; to Sidney Herbert Costard the property 5 Colomberie and everything connected with his business of Bookseller, stationer and printer; to Clara Lee Costard the properties Sunnyvilla and Glengary, St Saviour - 23 June 1917, D/Y/A/76
  • Jeanne Costard, Clearview, Trinity, widow of Pierre Marie Audrain and Alexandre Renaut 29 April 1903 11 May 1904- 18 December 1905, D/Y/A/64

Family gravestones

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