Bertram

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Bertram family page
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This family has been prominent in the eastern parishes of Jersey for centuries

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A Mrs Bertram photographed by Ernest Baudoux in the 1870s


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Bertram family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Bertram, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origin of Surname

Derived originally from the Germanic Berhthramn ('berht' = brilliant + 'hramn' = crow) the name became 'Bertran' and then 'Bertrand' in medieval France.

Early records

The name is found in the Assize Roll of 1309 and the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains eight Bertrams. Richard Bertram was a landowner in St Martin in 1331. The family is most prominent in the eastern Jersey parishes of St Martin and Grouville, and extensive trees in both parishes can be traced back to the 15th century. Linking the two families has not so far proved possible.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The name of Bertram is of very early occurrence in the annals of the island. In the Extente of 1331 Richard Bertram is mentioned as paying six sols for a bouvee of land in the parish of St Martin, which has for several centuries been the place of settlement of this family. Their estate of Grafford, Crafford, or Crayford, as it is variously spelt in the several Extentes, was formerly possessed by a family of Crauford, of English extraction, and which at a remote period appears to have been of much consideration and importance. In 1447 William Bertram was warden or governor of the Norman Isles, and may have been like William de St Jean, Drouet de Barentin, and Thomas de Hamptonne, a native of Jersey.

Arms : Azure, an eagle, displayed, or. Crest : A demi-lion argent.

The family of Bertram, of Grouville, has long been settled in that parish, and although, from the want of requisite documents, no connection can be established between it and the foregoing, there is but little doubt but that both proceed from one common source. It has possessed, from the reign of Elizabeth, the residence now tenanted by its representative, which is little altered in appearance from that period.

Arms : Or, an orle, azure. Crest : A demi-lion, gules, holding between the paws a shield of the arms.


Variants

  • Bertram
  • Berthram
  • Bertran
  • Bertrand (Probably a separate family)
  • Bertrannus 1270 (from a Latin record)

Family records

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Family trees


The arrival of yet another Bertram tree in July 2017 gave us the opportunity to reassess all of the existing trees. Errors previously identified in several trees below have been confirmed and the new tree is now recommended as almost certainly the most accurate and most comprehensive.

We have now incorporated all the correct information in the following 12 trees into the single new tree. We have retained the old trees, for the benefit of those who have hitherto relied on them for their research, and to allow them to make comparisons with their own trees and the new tree.


These trees will undoubtedly link to the main tree above, but the links have not yet been established


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Church records

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Family histories




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Newspaper records


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Société Jersiaise Library records



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Great War service



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Family wills



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Burial records

Family homes

  • Homestead, Grouville: Home to several Bertram families, including three Constables of the parish [1]

Family businesses

Family album


Family gravestones

Click on any image to see a larger version. See the Jerripedia gravestone image collection page for more information about our gravestone photographs. Images of gravestones in other cemeteries will be added progressively

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.

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Notes and references

  1. Five Bertrams have been Constable of Grouville, the first three all called Elie
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