Origin of Surname
The surname Girard is believed to be of Germanic origin (ger = throw, hard = hard), and is found throughout France, particularly in the Vendée region.
In Guernsey, it is first found in the Assize Rolls of 1309 which refer to one Peter Girard of St Saviours who was brought before the court for obstructing the King's Highway by the stones of his wall which fell into the King's Highway and did not take away the obstruction.
The name is also found in Jersey.
Jersey church records
- Peter J Girard (1913-??), headmaster, horticulturalist and island historian
- Fleure, HJ, Notes on Family Names in the Castel, RGS, Summer 1956
- Girard, Peter J, Les Vinaires and Les Menages, St Peters, RGS, Summer 1981