From theislandwiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Desmares family page


The Church of Notre Dame in Magneville, Normandy, where ancestors of the Jersey family were baptised and married

If you can help with information about the Desmares family, please contact, using Jerripedia as the subject of your email. We are particularly interested in information which will help create further family trees, family histories and family photographs

A blue link anywhere in the text will lead you to another page with more information on this family

Origins of surname

This name is puzzling. A literal translation is 'from the ponds', or pools, suggesting somebody living by ponds, but none of our usual sources has a reference to the name, yet it is quite a common surname in French records, particularly in the Loire area of the country. The closest name for which we have a derivation is Desmars, which sounds as if it should have the same origin, but is said to mean someone from a locality called les Mars. It is possible that Desmarés is a corruption of Desmarais (the pronunciation with an accented é is identical) which means from the marches

Further research which led to the extended tree below has revealed that the name is most common in Normandy and is, indeed, believed to be derived from the old French mare, meaning 'pond'

Early records

The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the baptism of Guillaume, son of Francois Desmares and Esther Dolbel, in St Helier in 1718. His brother Francois was baptised in 1721, but there was then a gap of 130 years before the first child of Pierre Francois Desmares and Esther Mourant was baptised in Grouville


  • Desmares
  • Des Mares
  • Des Marres
  • Desmarais
  • Marais, a separate family in Jersey, with its own page

Family records


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Francis Arthur Desmares (1896- ) (St S) son of Francis and Clara Eliza, OV, Lieutenant, RFA, wounded


Occupation records


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Desmares 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

  • Desmares : Amy Gertrude , of Grasmere, Longueville, Grouville - 17/Jun/1977 , 23/Sep/1977 , D/Y/B1/266/12
  • Desmares : Clara Eliza , nee Le Couilliard, New York Villa, Longueville, St Saviour, widow - 23/Sep/1930 , 28/Apr/1939 , D/Y/A/104/107
  • Desmares : Eliza Jane , Newfield, No 4, Green Road, St Clement - 27/Feb/1936 , 19/Dec/1944 , D/Y/A/113/31
  • Desmares : Evelyn Renouf , of Vale View, Bagot, St Saviour - 4/Sep/1974 , 12/Mar/1980 , D/Y/B1/318/9
  • Desmares : Francis , St Saviour - 6/Oct/1898 , 11/Jan/1924 , D/Y/A/84/4
  • Desmares : Jane Eliza , wife of Alfred Herbert Hamon, of Vale View, Bagot, St Saviour - 26/May/1954 , 14/Feb/1972 , D/Y/B1/170/47
  • Desmares : John , Grouville - 25/Apr/1927 , 7/Jan/1930 , D/Y/A/90/6
  • Desmares : John Francis Philip , of Grasmere, Longueville, Grouville - 18/Aug/1965 , 7/Nov/1973 , D/Y/B1/197/17
  • Desmares : Marjorie Clara , wife of Leslie Thomas Anthoine, of Longueville, Vingtaine de Grande Longueville, St Saviour - 31/Dec/1969 , 6/Feb/1970 , D/Y/B1/141/47
  • Desmares : Philip Mourant , of the British Hotel, Broad Street, St Helier - 20/Dec/1965 , 20/Dec/1965 , D/Y/B1/92/50


Burial records

Family gravestones

Click on any image to see a larger version. See the Jerripedia gravestone image collection page for more information about our gravestone photographs

Personal tools

Please support with a donation to our hosting costs