Bichard

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Mrs Bichard photographed by Henry Mullins


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Mr Bichard photographed by Henry Mullins

Origin of Surname

One suggestion is that the name comes from the French for little doe.

Alternatively it is supposed to be of Germanic origin from bic (beak) and hard (strong).

Early records

This name is found in the Extente of 1331, and the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains two Bichards.

Sebastian Bichard was born in St Ouen in 1565.

The Guernsey branch was started by two brothers, Germain and Brandeyn Bichard, sons of John, who left Jersey and settled in Guernsey in about 1575. One settled in St Sampsons and the other in St Saviours. Another brother, John, seems to have followed them to Guernsey a few years later. Later on Brandeyn's younger son Pierre, left St Saviours to join his uncle Germain at St Sampsons[1]. Now their descendents can be found throughout the Channel Islands.

Variants

  • Bychard
  • Bichard, 1299
  • Bischert, 1607
  • Bischard, 1528
  • Bichart, 1479

Family records

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Jersey family trees


The next three trees are essentially the same, from different sources and with some variations


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Church records

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Great War service


  • Macallister Seth Bichard (St L), Private, Machine Gun Corps
  • William Francis Bichard (1873- ) (St H) son of William and Jane, Mercantile Marine


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Family wills


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Family album

This wedding is described as that of 'Jack and Flo Bichard'. We think it must have been the 1910 marriage in St Lawrence of John Philip Le Brocq and Florence Bichard. John was a 21-year-old farmer, son of another John, and Florence was the 33-year-old daughter of Jean

The Bichards of Jersey in Shanghai

William Francis Bichard was born in Jersey in 1873 the son of William Bichard (1843-1896) and Jane Mary, nee Luce (1849-1905). He went to sea as a young man and by the age of 22 had obtained his Second Mate's certificate for international voyages.

He married Emmeline Elizabeth Hammond (1875-1948), who was born in Hertfordshire. The date and place of their marriage is not known, but by 1902 William and Emmeline were living in Shanghai. How they came to settle there is unclear, but William continued his career in the Merchant Navy and eventually became a ship's master.

The couple's three children, Geoffrey (1902-1944), Phyllis (1904- ) and Kenneth (1906- ) were born in Shanghai, which had developed from a small fishing village into the largest port in China, with a population of one million when the Bichards lived there. The whole family was well travelled, and researchers have found records of voyages to and from England, and across the Pacific, and family photographs show them all together on board ship.

The children were educated in Shanghai - Kenneth attended the HJC School before being sent as a boarder to Weymouth College, where he was a prefect in his final year in 1924.

Geoffrey, the eldest, died in Burma during World War 2. Phyllis married banker Charles Holland, and Kenneth married Hope Elston Newman, daughter of Dorset Vicar the Rev William George Newman.

Eventually William and Emmeline returned to live in England and William died in Guildford in 1937, his wife surviving him for another 11 years.

Emmeline Elizabeth Bichard, nee Hammond, outside her home in Shanghai, probably with her mother

Family gravestones

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References

  1. "St Sauverais", Guernsey Surnames, RGS, Autumn 1951

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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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