Sebire family page
Jeanne Sebire married Jacques Pouclé in St Martin in 1766
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Origin of Surname
English sources suggest that this name is Norse-Viking in origin but may well have entered Britain from the Netherlands or Flanders in the late medieval period. The derivation of the name is from sae meaning sea and beorht - bright, a warrior's name. The development as recorded includes many unusual spellings. The first record of the name is that of Katherine Sebrincke, which was dated 1608.
However, the name was known in Jersey 300 years earlier than this, and in Normandy a further century back in 1198, so we prefer the suggestion that it originated as a female personal name, from the same root as Sybil, Sebile and Sibile. French sources prefer this explanation, stating that the name is peculiar to Normandy.
Sébire is still quite a common family name in Normandy today, and is also present in Jersey.
Perrotine Sebire was born in Jersey about 1466 and married Cardin Baudains in St Martin in 1487. She was the daughter of Jean Sebire, thought to have been born in St Martin about 1434.
The earliest Sebire baptism records are in Trinity in 1688-89, but the family, which has never been very numerous, was present in St Helier, St Peter, St John and St Saviour for the next two centuries. It is still present today.
From the late 17th century onwards Sebire was much more common in Guernsey than in Jersey, and may have originated with a Huguenot refugee. However, the name originally appeared much earlier in Jersey.
- Sébire, 1299
- Sabire, 1299
- Sebring: it is doubtful that this name and variants are related to Sebire
Great War service
- George Larbalestier Sebire (1891- ) (St H) son of Helier James and Louisa Alice Larbalestier, Chaplain
- Percival Sebire (1889- ) (St H) son of Nicholas John and Jane Susan Mollet, Bombardier RGA
- Reginald Sebire (1888- ) (St H) son of Nicholas John and Jane Susan Mollet, to Canada
These wills created by members of the Sebire 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
- Anne Sebire of Swiss Cottage, Longueville, St Saviour, widow of Charles Payn - 14 January 1901, D/Y/A/60
- Charles Sebire of France, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 of the order of the King 12 January 1804 - D/Y/A/16
- Ethel Sebire of Coniston, Oxford Road, St Helier - 18 February 1948, D/Y/A/119
- George Sebire - 20 April 1867, D/Y/A/33
- George Sebire of St Peter, Captain of a ship for long voyages 24 August 1852 - D/Y/A/27
- Helier Sebire of St Helier - 7 January 1892, D/Y/A/51
- Jeanne Sebire of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £50 tournois of the order of the King 12 March 1788 - D/Y/A/14
- Josué Sebire of St Peter, now of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Peter's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, 3 livres of old French currency, and to the poor of St Helier, 3 livres of the same currency 8 April 1843 - D/Y/A/25
- Pierre Sebire of St Saviour, now of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 10s 11 July 1851 - D/Y/A/27
- Simon Sebirell 27 January 1668 - D/Y/A/1
- Susan Sebire of 50 King Street, St Helier, spinster - 1 May 1886, D/Y/A/45
- Susanne Sebire of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of the parish in which she dies, £20 tournois of the order of the King 5 May 1803 - D/Y/A/16
- P Sebire was listed in a 1843 Jersey Almanac as a silversmith, jeweller and watchmaker at Charing Cross. This was probably Pierre Sebire, born in 1801 in St Saviour, the son of Pierre and Marguerite Mauger. There is also an A P Sebire listed in 1834 as a watchmaker at 4 Broad Street. There is no record of the baptism of a male Sebire with forenames beginning A P, and we believe that this may be the same Pierre.
- Helier Sebire was a shoemaker at 65 King Street in 1851
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