Le Bastard

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Le Bastard family page

This family name is found under various spellings, but usually in Jersey either as Le Bastard or Bastard. It was not an ideal name for a soldier. Alfred Alexander Bastard, a Corporal in the Canadian Infantry 29th Battalion, who was killed in action in 1917, served as Basford


Alfred Alexander Bastard (Basford)

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Origins of surname

The name has the obvious derivation. The original Le Bastard (or perhaps several at different times) was illegitimate. The term was not originally quite as derogatory in French as it is today in English, tending to refer to an illegitimate child recognised by the father rather than one of unknown parentage.

Early records

The earliest baptisms was in St Martin in 1604, although other records exist as far back as 1274, when the name was Latinised as Bastardus. The family was not a large one and was confined to St Martin and the neighbouring parish of Grouville.


  • Le Bastard, 1515
  • Basterd 1607
  • Bastard 1528
  • le Bastar 1515
  • le Bastart 15c
  • Bastardus 1274
  • Le Batard

Family records


Family trees


Church records


Family members who served in the Great War

Sons of Toussaint and Maresaint Bastard

Alfred and Ernest's father, Toussaint, was head gardener at St John's Manor, where the family lived. There is a conflict of information between the digital Rolls of Honour and Service and census records. Census returns show Alfred born in St Mary and Ernest in St John, the opposite of the Rolls. When only five, Alfred was sent to live with the Le Roux family in St Peter and by the age of 15 he was a servant or market gardener at Francis Edward Luce's Augerez Vineries in the same parish. His elder brother Pierre was described as a servant and horse carter in the same household.

  • Ferdinand Nicolas Eugene Le Batard, Soldat, French Infantry


Occupation records


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Le Bastard 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

  • John Le Bastard of HMS Eltham commanded by Captain Richard Tiddleman 18 June 1750 - D/Y/A/8
  • Marie Le Bastard of St Martin, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin, 5s 23 January 1858 - D/Y/A/29
  • John Bastard, Croix au Maitre, St Martin - 4 October 1929, D/Y/A/89
  • Pierre Bastard, Meadowbank, St Martin - 27 March 1942, D/Y/A/109
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