Brasford

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The earliest Brasfords in Jersey in the 17th century all had French personal names, but this is a name for which there are only a handful of entries in the main databases of French records

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The baptism record of Philippe Brasford in St Helier in 1681


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Brasford family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Brasford, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the
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New records

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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Origins of surname

None of our regular sources provides any information on the derivation of this name. We have seen a suggestion that it is a corruption of Beresford in Staffordshire, or of the more common English surname Bradford.

We dismiss both those suggestions as far as immigrants to Jersey are concerned because it seems likely that Philippe, the first to appear in Jersey records (see below) came from France. It seems likely to us that the name is a corruption of brasfort, meaning 'strong arm'. It could also be a corruption of the old Jersey surname Bras de Fer, meaning 'arm of iron'.

Early records

The name has been present in Jersey since at least 1677, when Philippe Brasford and Jeanne Houilleur were married at St Saviour. The bride's name is shown as Whiller in the subsequent baptism records of their three children, Jean, Philippe and Jacques.

For a name which was present in the island this early it is surprising that it did not attract the attention of the author of our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames. And even though the early entries give every sign of having French origins, this is not a name which is at all common in French genealogical databases.

Variants

  • Brasford
  • Brassford

Family records

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Church records

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Great War service


Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc


Half brothers, sons of Edward Brasford

  • Edward Joshua Brasford (1872- ) (St S) son of Edward and Ann Sophie Wyatt, Mercantile Marine
  • George Henry Brasford (1899- ) (St H) son of Edward and Henrietta Amelia Vint, OV, Private, London Regiment


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Brasford 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

  • Brasford : Annie Florence Mary , 1 Temple Villas, Stopford Road, St Helier - 27/Jul/1925 , 05/Jul/1930 , D/Y/A/90/91
  • Brasford : Edouard , of St Helier 19/12/1839 Desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery Bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 12 livres of old French Currency - Unknown date , 10/Nov/1843 , D/Y/A/25/116
  • Brasford : Edward , 3 Belvedere Terrace, Millbrook, St Helier 13/01/1916 Bequeaths to Florence Mary Brasford two family bibles; to Rosa Alice Brasford a set of enclyclopedias; to the Jersey General Dispensary £5 - Unknown date , 25/Jan/1916 , D/Y/A/75/16


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Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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