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Cotard family page

The family is found mainly as Costard in Jersey records


Francois Costard, son of Jean and Susanne Martel, was baptised in St Helier in 1815

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Origins of surname

This French name either comes from the old Norman cote = cabin, signfying someone who lived in a cabin, or it is a variant of Costard, French slang for 'head'.

Early records

The Cotard family first arrived in Jersey in the 1890s. Jean Louis Cotard and Anna Pecheur had five children in St Lawrence between 1893 and 1908. The name is found most frequently in the Ille et Villaine and Morbihan departments of Brittany.

However, the Jersey Costard family arrived in the island about a century earlier.


  • Cotard
  • Cottard
  • Costard


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

  • Percival Richard Costard (1876- ) (St H) son of James and Dinah, RNAS, Aircraft Mechanic RAF

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Costard 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

  • Costard : Caroline Mary Ann , 2 Gordon Place, Beach Road, St Saviour, widow of Captain George William Nutbeam - Unknown date , 12/Dec/1917 , D/Y/A/77/53
  • Costard : Clara Lee , of Sandybrook Home, St Peter Bequeaths to Nora Mary Matthews, widow of Percival Richard Costard, the life enjoyment of the property Sunny Villa, St Clement's Road, St Saviour; to Richard John Costard and Percival Robin Costard, the reversionary ownership of the aforesaid property - 03/May/1951 , 29/Apr/1954 , D/Y/B1/24/30
  • Costard : Edward , ... - 24/Oct/1888 , 07/Sep/1891 , D/Y/A/50/72
  • Costard : James Edward , 5 Colomberie, St Helier 7/01/1914 Bequeaths to the property 18 Dorset Street, St Helier; to Sidney Herbert Costard the property 5 Colomberie and everything connected with his business of Bookseller, stationer and printer; to Clara Lee Costard the properties Sunnyvilla and Glengary, St Saviour - Unknown date , 23/Jun/1917 , D/Y/A/76/100
  • Costard : Jeanne Marie , Clearview, Trinity, widow of Pierre Marie Audrain and Alexandre Renaut - 29/Apr/1903 , 18/Dec/1905 , D/Y/A/64/115
  • Costard : Percival Richard , of Sussex later of Sunny Villa, St Clement's Road, St Saviour - 12/Dec/1945 , 09/Jun/1950 , D/Y/B1/5/46

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