Origin of Surname
The family name derives from the baptismal name, made fashionable in the Middle Ages by the Roman d'Alexandre, describing the exploits of the Greek conqueror.
In 1309 Geoffrey Alexandre was one of the Electors of the Sermentés (Jurors) of St Clement, for the Assizes Roll and was still alive at the time of the 1331 Extente. The latter Extente also mentions Colin Alexandre of St Brelade, with which parish the surname has long been associated. That of 1528, mentions in St Clement, Denis and Guillaume Alexandre; in St Brelade, the forfeiture of John Alexandre; in St Peter, another Guillaume Alexandre, together with Jehanet and Pierres Alexandre. Lastly, owing the Crown in 1528 1 cabot of wheat per annum in St Saviour, was John Alexandre, perhaps he of Grouville, whose family land adjoined St Saviour. The surname was thus well-established at an early date in the Island, where it was probably formed.
Although the St Clement Alexandres had still one member mentioned in the 1607 Extente, the surname disappeared there not long afterwards and before the start of that parish`s earliest registers (1623). The Alexandres of St Brelade and St Peter, whose principal representatives were later found to have been living, from an early date, within half a mile of each other, near the two parishes` border, are thus likely to have been the progenitors of all later indigenous Alexandres, although a link with those of Trinity has yet to be discovered.
It should be mentioned that one Alexandre family, that lived for many generations from the late-18th century in St Ouen, was in fact of English origin, with the first settlers in Jersey spelling their name Alexander. It did not take long for their name to be rendered Alexandre.
Brelade Alexandre was Constable of the parish that gave him his name, -1527- ; he is the earliest known Constable of that parish. In 1903-1910 Josué Alexandre was likewise Constable of the parish. The family also gave St Brelade a rector, in the person of Nicolas Alexandre, 1554-65, who was son of the above Brelade. A less successful relative was the rector`s brother, Sebastien Alexandre, who was convicted of piracy. Francis John Alexandre of St Peter served his parish as a Deputy, 1893-, whilst the Island`s first printer was Matthieu Alexandre of Les Ormes, St Brelade, (1754-1808).
Four members of the family are in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 and the name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309.
- Jean Alexandre, born in Grouville in about 1532, married Collette Amy, daughter of Philippe and Collette Esthur, in 1551.
- Jean Alexandre (1575- ) m Anne De Garis (1579- ) and they had a daughter Jeanne in 1601, who marred Richard Pipon
- Philippe Alexandre, born in St Peter in 1619, married Elizabeth Le Febvre
- Thomas Alexandre, born in St Brelade in 1622, married Jeanne Le Fevre (1626- ) in 1647
- Josue Alexandre, s of Renault, born in Trinity in 1635, married Sara Noel (1639- ), d of Jean, in 1660
- Amice Alexandre (1684- ) married Margaret Hamptonne, daughter of John and Elizabeth Anley
- Thomas, s of Thomas, was born in 1652 and married Elizabeth Le Cornu (1656- ) in 1677. They had children Thomas (1678- ) and Susanne (1683- )
- Alexandre, 1461
- a Loxandre 1692
- Alixandre 1331
- Allisandre 1309
- Alexander 1299
- Francois Alexandre, Master Mariner and shipping magnate, who founded one of New York's leading 19th century shipping firms
- Alexandres who commanded vessels operating out of Jersey and further afield
- Alexandre family members mentioned in a major history of privateering
These four trees, added by Guy Dixon, are much more detailed than our earlier Alexandre trees, several of which have now been deleted
- Descendants of Jean Alexandre - 4 Added 2018
- Alexandre of Grouville, St Saviour and St Helier Added 2018
- Descendants of Leonard Alexandre Added 2018
- Descendants of Thomyn Alexandre Added 2020
Only these three remain from our earlier Alexandre trees. We have not yet established links between them and the four main trees above
- Alexandre baptisms in Jersey
- Alexandre marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Alexandre marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Alexandre burials in Jersey
- Alexander baptisms in Jersey
- Alexander marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Alexander marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Alexander burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Beaulieu,_Trinity, Rozel, Trinity
- Bloomfield, Rozel, Trinity
- Chestnut Lea, Mont à L`Abbé, St Helier
- Le France Fief, St Brelade
- Peirson House, Longueville, St Saviour
Notable family members
- Mathieu Alexandre, printer and political activist
Mr Jacques Alexandre by photographer Carpenter
1939 New Zealand obituary notice for Mrs Harriet Alexandre. She was born Harriet Amelia Le Mottee, in 1849, the daughter of Philippe and Henriette, nee Le Couteur, and married Henry, a carpenter, at St Saviour's Church in 1869, before they emigrated
... and one sent to Miss E B Alexandre in St Mary from the Cape of Good Hope in 1900. This was Elsie Blanche Alexandre, born in 1879, the daughter of William and Elise Esther, nee Touzel]
Three photographs of Walter Francis Alexandre (1885-1961) taken in 1924
Alexandre family gravestones
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