Le Claire

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This family came to Jersey from the south of Brittany


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Miriam Florence Le Claire, nee Freeman

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Origins of surname

This name is of Breton origin and started as a personal name, Clair. It is common in the Morbihan department of south Brittany. It is a variant of the Normandy name Le Clerc. Clair was probably a member of the clergy, but could also have been someone with a lay clerical role. Clerc, meaning 'clerk' or 'cleric' was applied to a wide range of functions both in the church and outside in France in Medieval times.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey records in the 1880s, and it is likely that the first member of the family to reach Jersey was a farmworker.

Variants

  • Le Clair
  • Le Claire
  • Le Cleare
  • Le Clerc, Normandy version

Family records

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Family trees



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Births and baptisms



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Le Claire family members who served in the Great War


  • Louis Joseph Le Claire, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles
  • Alfred Peter Le Claire (St My), driver, Royal Field Artillery
  • Edward Robert Le Claire (St P), Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
  • Eugene Marie Le Claire (St H), Private RASC
  • Francis Le Claire (St P), Driver, Royal Field Artillery
  • Wwlliam Le Claire (St P), Private, Hampsphire Regiment


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Family wills


This will created by a member of the Le Claire family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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

  • Francis Le Claire, driver in the Royal Field Artillery - 24 May 1946, D/Y/A/116

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Family gravestones

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