Dobrée

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Origin of Surname

The surname Dobrée is derived from the French d’Aubrée meaning grove of white poplars (see Derivation of Jersey Surnames).

The common ancestor of the Dobrées in Guernsey is said to have arrived from Vitre in Normandy in 1554[1].

During the 18th – 19th century, the Dobrée family were among the island elite, and members of the family were successful merchants, clergymen and politicians. They also intermarried with other leading families including the Le Mesurier and Carey families.

The name is now extinct in Guernsey, the remaining members of this family emigrating to England in the early 20th century[2].

Variants

  • Dobree
  • D'Aubrée

Related Places

  • Beau Séjour – built by Henry Dobrée in the early 18th century[3]

Notable Islanders

  • Peter Paul Dobrée (1782-1825), Greek scholar[4]
  • Lt Col Mervyn Dobrée Carey (1877-1945)[5]
  • Thomas & Nicholas Dobrée (Jurats in 1771 – see RGS Autumn 1948 and List of Jurats of Guernsey)
  • Nicholas and Peter Dobrée (entrepreneurs) and Isaac (subscriber) in 1773 to Assembly Rooms[6]
  • Nicolas Dobrée – who built Old Government House Hotel in 1780
  • Samuel Dobrée (merchant - check Stevens-Cox’s Guernsey Merchants, for details)
  • Rev William Dobrée, Rector of St Saviours, 1782 [7]
  • Dobree Belt, Prize at Elizabeth College awarded to the champion in athletics, 1853[8]
  • Elisha Dobrée, diarist[9]

References

  1. Fay, CR, Peter Paul Dobrée of Guernsey and Cambridge, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1956
  2. Sarre, JW, Changes in the People of St Saviour's Parish, Guernsey, Review of the Guernsey Society, Spring 1996
  3. Sai-Rian, Beau Sejour – and all that, Review of the Guernsey Society, Summer 1975
  4. Fay, CR, Peter Paul Dobrée of Guernsey and Cambridge, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1956
  5. Obituary: Lt Col Mervyn Dobrée Carey, Review of the Guernsey Society, April 1945
  6. Lee, AL, The Market Place and Assembly Rooms, Review of the Guernsey Society, Winter 1949
  7. Priaulx, TF, The St Saviours Rectories, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn/Winter 1953
  8. Milnes, PSC, Elizabeth College in 1853, Review of the Guernsey Society, Autumn 1954
  9. Warren J P, Elisha Dobrée Journal, Trans Soc Guern, Vol XI, p121
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