Gillard family page
Philip Gillard, 1935
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Origins of surname
The name is Norman-French in origin, although the Jersey family appears to have originated in England. The name and is said to mean 'son of Guillaume', which is the same derivation given by one French source for Guillard.
The first time the name appears in Jersey records is for the marriage of soldier Thomas Gillard to Marie Valpy in St Helier in 1798. They do not appear to have had any children in the island and the first baptism recorded is that of Joseph, the son of William Gillard and Grace.
The head of the first family tree listed below, Richard, or his son George, came to Jersey from England in the early 19th century.
Variants found in different parts of France, the second specifically in Brittany.
Although there are suggstions that all these names are variants of each other, we believe that Guilliard and Guillard, which can be found in records covering the same generation of one family in Jersey, should be treated separately from this page and we have created a distinct family page for them.
Births and baptisms
Great War service
- Francis Gillard (1900-1964) (St O) son of George and Ann de la Haye, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- Philip Gillard (1878- ) (St O) son of George and Rachel Perree, Private, Somerset Light Infantry
- William John Gillard (1877- ) (St H) son of William and Olivia, husband of Florence Alice Heywood, Petty Officer RN
These wills created by members of the Gillard 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- George Gillard, Halberton, Devon, now of St Ouen - 27 November 1895, D/Y/A/54
- Jean Gillard/Gilliard 29 November 1758 - D/Y/A/10
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