Fairweather family page
John Viel Fairweather was baptised in St Ouen in 1813
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Origins of surname
This is a medieval name of Scottish and English origin, and is a nickname for a person with a sunny temperament, deriving from the Middle English 'fair weder', meaning 'weather not wet or stormy'. Would someone of opposite character have been known as 'rain, wind and drizzle'?
The name first appears in Jersey records in the early 19th century with the baptism of the children of John Fairweather and Mary Ann Viel. John was a Royal Navy officer who was put in charge of Jersey's signal station in 1808 and retired on half pay in 1814, subsequently becoming a Retired Commander.
Notable family members
These wills created by members of the Fairweather 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
- Isabella Fairweather, Nithsdale, Beaumont, St Brelade - 10 March 1922, D/Y/A/82
- James Fairweather, Forest Hill, Beaumont, St Peter, Deputy Surgeon General of HM's Indian Medical Service, retired bequeaths to all his children the property Forest Hill; to James Courtenay Thorp Fairweather his war medals and other momentoes of the Indian Mutiny - 8 May 1917, D/Y/A/76
- Jane Fairweather, Isabella Fairweather and Mary Fairweather, 8 Longton Avenue, Sydenham, London - 28 October 1912, D/Y/A/71
- Sophia Fairweather, St Helier bequeaths to William Harold Burrows and Gertrude Burrows Stuart Lodge and a small cottage situated in the Fief de Mélèches, St Helier; to Laura Baker 120 Great Union Road, St Helier - 16 October 1913, D/Y/A/72
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