Rebindaine family page
Ernest Philip Rebindaine, born in St Ouen in 1888, emigrated to Canada to work for Robin and Company, of Gaspe, and then served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War
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Origins of surname
- 'Rebindaine means "with legs in the air". Rabelais wrote, " Il le frappe un si grand coup, qu'il le getta en arriere a jambes rebindaines." No one can have made a habit of lying on his back with his legs pointing skyward.
Somebody must have, for the name has stuck. It is strange that for a name which is reasonably common in Brittany, none of our usual French sources offers any suggestions.
This was one of numerous families which came to Jersey in the 19th century from Ploeuc-sur-Lie, a small town in the Cotes d'Armor department in the north of Brittany. They travelled to the island as seasonal farmworkers, and many settled.
Several different family members travelled separately to Jersey. It is likely that they were all related in some way. At least six registered at one time or another under the Aliens Law.
- Rebedaine, an error found in some official documents
Births and baptisms
Great War service
- Francis Rebindaine (1889- ) (St B) Private, Hampshire Regiment (shown as Rebedaine in 1911 census)
- John Philip Rebindaine (1900-1939) son of Pierre Marie Francois and Jeanne Marie Basset, Stoker RN, HMS Victory II
- Peter Rebindaine (18930 ) (St B) Stoker RN HMS Coreopsis'
- Peter Francis Rebindaine (St C), Private, Dorset Regiment
These servicemen were listed as Rebedaine in the official 1919 Roll of Service and the error has been perpetuated in the digital version
- Ernest Sydney Rebindaine (1888- ) (St O) son of Pierre Marie Francois and Jeanne Marie Basset, ex-RMIJ, Private, Canadian Expeditionary Force, served as Robindaine, possibly error in handwritten service certificate. Emigrated to Canada to work for Robin Company, of Gaspe. Brother of John Philip, above.
These wills created by members of the Rebindaine 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
- Jean Rebindaine - 31 January 1911, D/Y/A/70
- Jean Rebindaine, Beaumont, St Peter - 30 March 1932, D/Y/A/92
Anne Marie Rebindaine, born in Normandy in 1864 and a servant in the Noel household, married farm labourer Pierre Victor Le Brisez in St Martin, Jersey in 1888, at the same time acknowledging Eva Louisa, born five months earlier, as their daughter. The couple had two further children. A portrait photograph like this is most unusual for the wife of a farm worker
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