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Desire Aimable Guernier

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Origins of surname

This surname, and the variant Guernier, has its origins in a personal name, Wanhari, from Germanic roots. Wan = 'hope', hari = 'army'. It is a name mainly from the west of France.

Early records

The early Jersey families came from France and were established by the 1820s. More than one unrelated family is believed to have settled in the island. Although the spellings Guernier and Guenier are found together in some family records, the two families seem to have been quite distinct in Jersey.


  • Guenier
  • Guesnier
  • Guernier

Family records


Family trees


Births and baptisms


Notable family members

  • Frank Guenier, a Jerseyman who had left to work for the Post Office in England, returned in 1969 to be the first director of the Jersey Post Office which had been taken over by the States from Royal Mail.


Great War service

Guernier family album

This picture taken in Jersey in 1904 shows Louise Guernier, nee Crespin, with her children Louise, Angele, Auguste, Blanche, Emile and Aline. Louise was only 17 when she married Desire, ten years her senior. She was a healthy woman physically, but the shock of losing her husband at the relatively young age of 52 took its toll. On the morning of his death she got up and opened the curtains. Desire asked what kind of a day it was and on being told it looked to be a fine one, he commented that he better get up straight away as he had carrots to pick. He jumped out of bed and dropped dead at his wife's feet. The shock to Louise was such that she promptly retired from life and spent most of her days sitting in her chair and allowing the world to pass her by. Her elder son Auguste, then 21, took over the task of caring for his siblings, with the help of his second sister Angele. At the time the youngest, Aline, was only 2 years old. Before the children left for school, they would make their mother breakfast and put it on the table next to her chair. Frequently when they returned, she would still be sitting in the same place, with the meal untouched. On one occasion, Auguste returned home to find his mother had been out into the vegetable garden and picked every single carrot in the plot. Despite her fragile mental condition, Louise lived to the ripe old age of 97, and on being shown a photo taken when she was in her early 90s, her only comment was 'to think that someone who has been so pretty can become so ugly!'
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