Origins of surname
This name means ‘nephew’ or ‘stepson’. The French have a strange habit of giving the same name to people of entirely different relationships, and it can prove confusing for family historians when the text of a record gives no indication of whether or not a person was a blood relative. Le Gendre has the same meaning
This is a name mainly present in Jersey from the early 14th century to the end of the 17th, although there is a scattering of records into the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly as Le Feuvre dit Filliastre. In the 1309 Assize Roll Colin Le Filiastre of St Peter is mentioned, although the surname is chiefly associated with St Brelade. A branch of the family had settled by 1500 in Poole, which was in the middle ages, Jersey`s principal trading port, as William Filliastre of Poole gave, in that year, land to the church. His Dorset successors used the anglicised version of the name, Filliter.
The surname is found in Jersey records either as Le Filiastre or the above Le Feuvre dit Filliastre, and this leads to considerable difficulty in tracing family trees. Many of the Le Filiastre baptisms from the 18th century onwards are hidden in the Le Feuvre listings.
We have little doubt that the four trees linked to below have common ancestry and can also be extended downwards for several generations, but there is such uncertainty caused by the absence of records, or their listing under the wrong surname, and also by the frequency of use of several surnames, that we are unable to do this with any degree of certainty.
- Le Filiastre
- Le Filliastre
- Le Feuvre dit Filliastre
- Descendants of Adrian Le Filiastre
- Descendants of Jean Le Filiastre
- Descendants of Andre Le Filiastre
- Descendants of Toussaint Le Filiastre
Le Filiastre records are included in the Le Feuvre family records
- Le Filiastre baptisms in Jersey
- Le Filiastre marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Le Filiastre marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Le Filiastre burials in Jersey
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