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Despres family page


The St Helier record of the baptism of Jacques Despres in 1730

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Origins of surname

This name has several regional variations in France, the closest to Jersey being Despray in the Calvados department of Normandy. Despres and Desprez are both found in Normandy.

It is derived from placenames Les Pres = 'the meadows'. Although Dupré is of very similar derivation ('of the meadow') the two family names are quite distinct.

Early records

Despres first appeared in Jersey records from 1718 to 1730 with the baptism in St Helier of five children of Jean Despres and Sara Perchard. There is no apparent link between this family and that of Jacques Despres and Jeanne Le Niais, the next to show in Jersey baptism registers in the 1780s


  • Despres
  • Des Pres
  • Despras
  • Desprat
  • Desprats
  • Despratx
  • Despray
  • Despré
  • Despret
  • Desprets
  • Despretz
  • Desprey
  • Desprez

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Births and baptisms


Great War service

sons of George Joshua Despres and Alice Ann Houlbecq

First cousins of the above brothers


Family wills

This will created by a member of the Despres 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

  • Albert Desprès, 11, St Saviours Road, St Helier - 29 November 1927, D/Y/A/87
Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including Thomas J Desprès. The picture was taken by Asplett and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, Philippe Amy, P Le Gresley, P Norman, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, Philippe Amy, G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu
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