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Eager family page

Although there is a 16th century record for this surname in Jersey, it was not until the 19th century that a family became established


Joseph Charles Eager

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Origins of surname

This surname has nothing to do with the present-day English word 'eager' but is derived from the personal name Edgar, which was originally 'Eadgar', composed of ead = 'prosperity' or 'fortune' and gar = 'spear'. Presumably the early Edgars used their spears to become prosperous. We have treated Edgar as a distinct family with its own page.

Early records

The marriage of William Eager to Jeanne Le Masurier was recorded in St Clement in 1567, but not followed by any baptism records. The next appearance of the name was in St Helier in 1827 with the baptism of the first of three children of John Eager and Catherine Hester. None of their sons appears to have married and had children in Jersey.

It was another Eager, who came from Devon in the 1870s, who started the family shown in the tree below.


  • Eager
  • Edgar, a separate family

Family records


Family trees


Births and baptisms


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc


Family histories

  • Joseph Charles Eager, the amazing life of a man who came to Jersey to work in the oyster fisheries at Gorey, was shipwrecked three times in one year, served as a 70-year-old civilian in the battlefields of the Great War and received medals from French Marshal Petain and King George V.


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Eager 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

  • Catherine Eagar of St Helier, widow, bequeaths to the Reverend William Bullock her property in Elizabeth Place, St Helier - 10 December 1870, D/Y/A/35
  • John Eagar of St Helier - 31 July 1865, D/Y/A/32
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