Origins of surname
This is a name brought from France by 17th century Huguenot refugees. Robilliard is a developed form of Robert, and essentially means 'little Robert' or 'son of Robert'. The spelling in France is usually Robillard or Rebillard. Since the 18th century the name has been prominent in Guernsey, although what may be the first recording, that of James Robillard at Torteval, on 10 October 1739, is much later than in London. There Anne Robiliart, the daughter of Robert and Marie, was baptised at Threadneedle Street French Church on 6 June 1641. On 9 November 1717 Susanna Robilliard married Charles King at St Benets, Pauls Wharf, London.
The first record of the family name is that of Joachim Robillard, who was baptised on 1 June 1541, at Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France.
There are Jersey records for Robillard in 1607 and Robilliard as early as 1528, but these families appear to have died out. The 1528 entry predates any Huguenot refutees, suggesting that someone of that name moved to Jersey from France before the time of religious persecution.
The name is next found in Guernsey in 1739, but it does not appear in Jersey baptism records until 1814. The 19th century immigrants to the island came from Guernsey and not direct from France. Four sons of Jacques Robilliard and Marie Hill (see tree below) came to Jersey from Guernsey during the first half of the 19th century, and eventually some members of the family emigrated to Australia at different times, settling and expanding the family there.
- Robilliard, 1528, the usual Jersey spelling
- Robillard, 1607, more common in France
- Robilliard baptisms in Jersey
- Robilliard marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Robilliard marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Robilliard burials in Jersey
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Robilliard family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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
- Victoire Robillard, The Farm, Vallée des Vaux, St Helier - 3 December 1936, D/Y/A/99
- Rebecca Robilliard, widow, desires to be buried in St Martin's Cemetery, bequeaths to Matthew Lewis Vaughan Davies all land currently leased to Mr Gibbs in the Borough of Southwark, Surrey To Elizabeth Frances Annette Turnow 19, Edward Street, Borough of Southwark, Surrey To Emma Davies for life leasehold houses and estate in Elim Street, Borough of Southwark, reversion to Marianne Helen Davies and Elizabeth Mary Davies - 27 March 1869, D/Y/A/34
Family photograph album
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The grave of Great War casualty Alfred Albert Robilliard at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme
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