Origins of surname
We have been unable to find any suggestions for the derivation of this name, either as Laugeard or Langeard, or anything close, but the 'laug' or 'lang' suggest a Germanic origin.
The first records of the family in Jersey are in the 1860s. Jean Francois Langeard, widowed in 1862 when his first wife Fleur Lemarquand died while giving birth to twins, who also died at birth, arrived a year later from Valognes, a commune in the Manche department of Normandy, where the family name can be traced in the 16th century. He brought his four surviving children with him and they settled in St Helier, moved to St Saviour, and back to St Helier. Jean Francois married Sophie Bourgeoise, also from Normandy, in Jersey in 1863, and they had six more children together.
She died in Jersey in 1874 leaving Jean Francois with nine children aged from 22 down to under a year. He married for a third time in 1881, and had two further children with Marie Goubin.
There seems to be no doubt that the family name at this time was Langeard. This has been a relatively common name in Normandy, where Laugeard is unknown. But the problem in distinguishing 'u' and 'n' in handwritten records, compounded by brides and grooms and parents either not being able to write, or not capable of signing their name clearly, soon led to the family being known as Laugeard.
We have standardised on Laugeard in our database of Jersey church records, because that is the spelling used by the family now, but added a note indicating that Langeard may have been correct at the time.
- Langeard, the common spelling in France and the name used by original arrivals in Jersey
- Laugeé, possibly a variant
- Lauges, possibly a variant
- Descendants of Jean Laugeard: Six earlier generations added in 2020
- Laugeard baptisms in Jersey
- Laugeard marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Laugeard marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Laugeard burials in Jersey
Family members who served in the Great War
- Charles Isidore Laugeard DCM (1888-1918) son of John and Elizabeth Laugeard, husband of Lilian Esther, Sergeant, Hampshire Regiment, killed in action. Elizabeth's first husband, Walter Gaudin Mason, like Charles Laugeard, a former Jersey policeman, was killed in action in 1917. further information
- Presentation to Sergeant Laugeard, DCM, at the Town Hall
- Harold Nation Laugeard (St C), ex-RMIJ, Driver, Royal Field Artillery
This will created by a member of the Laugeard family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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
- Walter Laugeard, 3 Hawthorne Terrace, Hansford Lane, Millbrook - 10 December 1943, D/Y/A/111
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