Origins of surname
This name is of Breton origin and started as a personal name, Clair. It is common in the Morbihan department of south Brittany. It is a variant of the Normandy name Le Clerc. Clair was probably a member of the clergy, but could also have been someone with a lay clerical role. Clerc, meaning 'clerk' or 'cleric' was applied to a wide range of functions both in the church and outside in France in Medieval times.
The name first appears in Jersey records in the 1880s, and it is likely that the first member of the family to reach Jersey was a farmworker.
- Le Clair
- Le Claire
- Le Cleare
- Le Clerc, Normandy version. Same pronunciation but treated as a separate Jersey family
- Le Claire baptisms in Jersey
- Le Claire marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Claire marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Claire burials in Jersey
Le Claire family members who served in the Great War
- Louis Joseph Le Claire, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles
- Alfred Peter Le Claire (St My), driver, Royal Field Artillery
- Edward Robert Le Claire (St P), Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
- Eugene Marie Le Claire (St H), Private RASC
- Francis Le Claire (St P), Driver, Royal Field Artillery
- Wwlliam Le Claire (St P), Private, Hampsphire Regiment
This will created by a member of the Le Claire 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
- Francis Le Claire, driver in the Royal Field Artillery - 24 May 1946, D/Y/A/116
Clarice Le Calvez, nee Le Claire
Postcard sent to Edward Leclaire from St Ouen to St Aubin in 1907. Note the anglicised spelling of 'St Owens' on the postmark. Edward Robert Le Claire was a labourer, born in 1888, and living with his parents, Emmanuel and Mary, nee Le Quesne, at St Aubin. Edward married Olive May Rault (1901- ) in St Helier in 1926
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