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The original Herves arrived in Jersey from Brittany to work on farms


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Marie Francoise Herve with four of her eight children by her first husband, Joseph Allenet - Joseph, Eugene, Doris and Alfred. She was born in Plelo, Cotes d'Armor, Brittany, in 1863, and married Joseph in Le Foeil in 1884. He died in 1899, five months after the birth of their youngest son. Marie Francoise came to Jersey with her six surviving children. Pierre Marie died in 1893 and Jeanne Marie in 1900, just before her mother left for Jersey. She married again to Honore Boschat at St Peter in 1903. He was born in the same area of Brittany in the same year as Marie Francoise. When first registered under the Aliens Act in 1921 she was said to be an invalid, confined to her room. Over the course of the next 12 years, until her death in 1933, she moved from Six Rues, St Lawremce, to Petit Menage, St Peter; Fair View, Val de la Mare; Welton Farm, Five Oaks; Stonewall, Mont au Pretre; and finally La Maitrerie Farm, St Martin. The last three moves were after Honore's death in 1928

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Origins of surname

This surname started out as a Breton personal name, derived from the Celtic haer (strong) and ber (passionate). It is a much respected name in Brittany. Saint Hervé, who was born blind, among other miracles domesticated a wolf.

The name may also come from the Germanic Hariwic, meaning armed combat.

Early records

There is a baptism for Elizabeth Rachel, daughter of William Hervey and Elizabeth Laffoley in Grouville in 1825, and baptisms of sons of Calvin Monroe Hervey and Elizabeth Agnes in St Helier in 1848 and 1850, but we suspect that this name is distince from Hervé, which first appears in St Saviour in the 1860s, with further births in St Lawrence, St John and St Ouen in the 1870s, suggesting that there was more than one family settled in Jersey at the time.

We believe that the Herves who settled in Jersey were agricultural workers from the north of Brittany.

Variants

  • Hervé
  • Hervais
  • Hervey, possibly derivative of Harvey
  • Herveic, possible variant

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