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The Richard family farm which became the L'Auberge du Nord inn


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Ricard family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Ricard, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origin of Surname

This is a surname with the same source as Richard, a popular baptismal name from Medieval times to the present day. Derived from the twin elements of 'ric' and 'hard', and translating as "powerful ruler", the name spread throughout Europe in the early medieval period. It was no doubt considerably helped in its popularity by its meaning, but the greatest impetus to its success came in the 12th century with the legendary exploits of King Richard 1st of England, (and much of France). He was the most prominent leader of the famous Crusades to free the Holy Land, and he became known throughout Christendom as 'Coeur de Leon'.

Earliest records

The surname was known in Jersey as early as 1550, when Catlyne, Cohn and Jo Ricard are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate. The first church records are found in Grouville in the 1580s, but there is no further record of the family in that parish and the great majority of Ricards lived in St Brelade and St Ouen.

It appears that the original St Brelade family may have died out after brothers Mathurin and George emigrated to the USA, but the family became re-established in the parish when a branch of the St Ouen Ricards settled there (see family trees below). It is possible to account for almost all the 125 Ricard baptisms in single tree, but there are a small number of church records in St Lawrence and St Peter for which no link has yet been established.

From where the first Ricards arrived in Jersey is by no means certain. American researchers favour a John Rycardes (1564-1640) from England as the origin of their branch, but this conflicts with the fact that the Ricard family was established in Jersey at least 14 years before his birth. Perhaps there was more than one source.

There was certainly a different beginning for the St Ouen branch from that shown on this website up to May 2014. Payne's Armorial of Jersey shows at the head of the tree Pierre Ricard, born in St Ouen about 1597, marrying Elizabeth Botterel and then Rachel du Lang. But an examination of St Ouen church records shows that Pierre was not the father of some (possibly all) the children attributed to him with either wife, and that he was not married to Elizabeth Botterel. Pierre and Elizabeth were godparents of Francois Ricard, Constable of St Ouen, but were not married to each other, so could not have been his grandparents as Payne assumed, and many trees have copied since.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

Ricard is a surname well known, both in England and France. Thomas Ricard was a colonel in the army of Charles I, and was killed at the siege of Lichfield. His son, Thomas Ricard, alias Ricketts, was a captain under Cromwell, and accompanied the expedition, under Penn and Venables, to the West Indies. Guillim, in his Display of Heraldrie, edition 1660, gives the arms of Alderman Ricard, of London, which differ but slightly from those borne by the Jersey family.

In France, Jacques Ricard, de Genouillac, was General of Artillery, and was killed at the battle of St Aubin-du-Cormier, 25 July 1488. Of this family was Jean-Francois Ricard, de Gourdon, Count de Vaillac, and Marquis de Roulaye, wbo died in Paris in 1696. Francis I gave the command of the Castle of Madrid to Pierre Ricard, de la Chevalleraye, on account of his signal services at the battle of Pavia.

In Jersey, the family has been settled for several centuries. In the parish of St Peter exists the fief es Ricards, formerly held by the yearly tender to the Crown of a pair of white spurs.

Variants

  • Ricard, 1528
  • Richard, 1528
  • Les Ricardeis, 1331
  • Ricardeis c1200
  • Ricardi, 1299
  • Rickard
  • Ricker
  • Rycardes

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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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