De Beauvoir

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Origin of Surname

The origin of the De Beauvoir surname is probably the town of Beauvoir in Brittany opposite the tidal island Mont St Michel. The first references to this name in Guernsey can be found in the 14th Century:

  • Floria de Beauver, accused of stealing hens in Assizes Rolls 1309.
  • Ralph de Beauver, the King's Serjeant, fined for allowing prisoner, Colin Blondel, to wander free in the village in Assizes Rolls 1309
  • Guillaume De Beauvoir, who owned land in Bordage, St Peter Port in Extentes (1331)

One branch of the family moved to London, and gave their name to De Beauvoir Town in Hackney, North London. It was named after Richard De Beauvoir of Guernsey who purchased the estate in 1664.

The surname is now extinct, the last member of the family being Rev Peter De Beauvoir who died without issue in 1821. Osmond De Beauvoir ( -1810) was the last member of the family to live in Guernsey.

Variants

  • Beauvoir
  • de Beauver

Notable Guernseymen

  • Osmond De Beauvoir Priaulx - bibliophile and benefactor.

See also

References

  • Curtis, Spencer C, Huguenot Names from Island Sources, Trans Soc Guern, 1941
  • Hart, Peter de B, de Beauvoir Town and the Englefield Estate, RGS, Autumn 2000
  • Mann, J de L, The Houses of Les Granges de Beauvoir, RGS, Summer 1977
  • Johnston, Peter, Duelling in Guernsey: T Andros v K Beauvoir, RGS, Summer 1976
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