Origin of Surname
The origin of this old Jersey surname is related to Sebire, which was a medieval girl`s name, from which we have the diminutive, Sebirel. As with other French and English surnames derived from women`s names, the original bearers were probably children brought up by widowed mothers. The preposition Le is more problematic but is found in other surnames of similar derivation, such as Le Jehan. Several spellings can be found in old Jersey records, although some are undoubtedly errors. Although the various branches are believed to have had a common origin, spellings varied from parish to parish at one time.
The majority of records use one of three spellings: Le Sebirel, which was usual in older court records, Lesbirel and the seemingly unpronouncable Le Sbirel. The latter spelling, however, is how the name should be pronounced, as the e was always silent. Although we have retained separate spellings in some of the submitted family trees (below) we have grouped all baptism records together under one heading embracing the three main spellings in our database.
Sebire has a separate page with suggestions for the derivation of the name.
Collas, Johan and Thomas Lesbirel are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550
The first baptism was registered in Grouville in 1593.
The following known records predate that:
- Thomasse Lesbirel was born in St Martin about 1500. She married Vincent Maret
- Thomas Le Sebirel was born in Jersey in about 1506 and married Laurence Messervy in about 1530 in St Martin
- Simeon Lesbirel was born in St John about 1540. His son Helier (1560- ) married Collette Cristin and they had sons Symeon (1590- ), Jean (1594- ), Symeon (1598- ), Edouard (1600- ) and daughter Marie (1605- ).
- Guillaume Le Sebirel was born in Jersey in 1548 and married Marguerite Messervy
- Richard Lesbirel was born in St John about 1550
- Richard Lesbirel was born in St John about 1564
- Simon Lesbirel was born in St Saviour in about 1566 and Married Elizabeth Neel on 8 February 1590 in St Saviour
- Elizabeth Le Sebirel, born in St John in about 1568 was the daughter of Thomas. She married Guilleaume Le Goupil on 25 February 1589 and died in 1630.
- Ann Lesbirel was born in St John about 1569. She was the daughter of Jacques and Andrice Le Marinel, who also had a son Jean (1572- ) who married Judith Sarre
- Richard Lesbirel was born in Jersey about 1580 and married Martha Pipon, daughter of Richard and Philippine Gosselin
- Sara Lesbirel was born in Trinity about 1585 and died in 1662. She was the daughter of Nicolas. She married Abraham Esnouf on 25 June 1606
- Jean Lesbirel was born in St John about 1580 and married Judith
- Cecille Le Sebirel was born in St John about 1584 and married Jean Valpy
- Pierre Lesbirel was born in Trinity about 1587. His daughter Elizabeth (1616- ) m (1646) Jean Marett, s of Jean and Jeanne Gruchy
- Jean Lesbirel was born in Herupe, St John, in about 1591
- Le Sebirel, 1461
- Le Sebirell 1607
- Sybirel 1528
- Le Sebyrel
- Sibirell 1515
- Le Sibrel
- Le Syverel
- Le Syberell
- Le Sbirel
The first two trees have undergone substantial reviews in 2022 and have absorbed some short trees which are no longer listed her and will be deleted. We will be reviewing all the other trees as soon as time permits
- Descendants of Jacques Le Sbirel
- Descendants of Richard Le Sbirel
- Descendants of Philippe Le Sbirel
- Descendants of Jacques Lesbirel
- Descendants of Nicolas Lesbirel
- Descendants of Guillaume Lesbirel
- Descendants of Jean Lesbirel (1780)
- Descendants of Joshua Lesbirel (1818)
- Descendants of Simeon Le Sebirel
- Descendants of Edouard Lesbirel
These are very short trees which we have been unable to link to any other Lesbirel trees.
- Lesbirel baptisms in Jersey
- Lesbirel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Lesbirel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Lesbirel burials in Jersey
Lesbirel family members who served in World War 1
- Edward Lesbirel (St H), Private, Canadian Infantry
- Winter Lesbirel (St O), Sapper RE
An advertisement for John Francis Lesbirel's auction business
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