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Reginald Francis Guegan (1921-1985)

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Origins of surname

Encountered frequently in the Morbihan department of south Brittany, this is an old Breton personal name derived from guic (= combat). The final -an, suggests a diminuitive. Essentially the name refers to a fighter.

Early records

The Guegan name is common throughout the Cote du Nord Department of north Brittany and several members of the family came to Jersey in the second half of the 19th century, probably as farm labourers.

The Guegans in Jersey today can probably trace their ancestry either to Jacques Mathurin Guegan (1856- ) and his wife Victoire Therin, or Jacques’ brother Pierre Jacques (1859- ), and his wife Victoire Hirel, or a third brother, Jean Francois (1866- ), and his wife Marie Francisca Darcel.

Their sister, Anne Marie (1866-), came to Jersey with her husband Jean Louis Gautier.

The substantial tree below has been assembled from a submitted tree and French online sources.


  • Guegan

Breton diminuitives

  • Guégano
  • Guéganno
  • Guéganou
  • Guéganic
  • Guégannic

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Guegan 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

  • Gilles Guégan, Maufant House, St Saviour - 15 December 1937, D/Y/A/101
  • Henri Guégan, Merrivale, St Lawrence - 14 May 1941, D/Y/A/108
  • Marie Guégan, St Lawrence, widow of Auguste Marie Colles - 1 December 1908, D/Y/A/67

Family gravestones

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