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Garnier family page

The Jersey Garnier family originally came to the island as itinerant farm workers from the north Brittany town of Ploeuc-sur-Lie in the 19th century


Catherine Jeanne Marie Garnier, born in Jersey in 1901

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Origin of surname

Garnier is derived from the medieval personal name 'Garnier', which in turn derives from the Germanic Warnhari, 'attentive', 'vigilant' and 'armed'. Gasnier is believed to be a variation from the west of France, but the names appear to have developed entirely separately in Jersey.

Early records

Although both names were listed in the Extente of 1528, Gasnier is found in church registers from 1635, whereas Garnier does not make an appearance until 1794, with the arrival of a new family from Brittany.


Family records


Family trees




Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Charles Clarence Garnier (1893-1962) (St H), Sapper RE
  • Frederick Garnier (St H) Private, Devonshire Regiment
  • Harold Frederick Garnier (1893- ) (St H) son of Frederick John Bisson and Emma Chevalier Mauger,Gunner RGA, wounded
  • Honore Garnier (1889- ) (St P) son of Honore and Marie, Private, Hampshire Regiment
  • Joseph Garnier (St H), Private, Royal Marine Labour Corps
  • Thomas Charles Amy Garnier (1874- ) (St H) son of Thomas and Emelie Mary Gallichan , Air Mechanic, RAF
  • Thomas Francis Garnier (1894- )(St H) son of Thomas John and Mary Alice, ex-RMIJ, L-Cpl, King Edward's Horse


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Garnier 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

  • Jacques Garnier of St Helier, now of St Martin, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin, £1 - 7 August 1862, D/Y/A/31
  • Jean Garnier of Trinity, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 5s; to Marguérite Coutanche, a house bordered on the north by Grove Street, St Helier - 16 January 1884, D/Y/A/44
  • Pierre Garnier of Vaisseau, France, now of Jersey, lieutenant - 9 April 1872, D/Y/A/36
  • Pierre Garnier, St Saviour - 16 March 1908, D/Y/A/67
  • William Garnier, St Helier - 24 June 1912, D/Y/A/71

Family businesses

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

Family gravestones

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