Brehaut family page
This is a family found mainly in Guernsey but a couple moved to Jersey in the early 18th century and established a family which is still present today
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Origins of surname
The name is not found in our usual sources for French names but we have found it suggested that it derives from the personal name Brek-hari, which means literally broken army, but must have meant something else when the family name first appeared.
A commercial site suggest that the name originated in Lorraine, the far north-east of France, and gradually spread west.
The origins of the Brehauts in Guernsey are somewhat obscure. It is believed that the family came from Brittany, there being de Brehaults in that part of France as late as 1668 . The story goes that the first Brehaut came to the island in a worm-eaten old boat.
The Brehauts have been established in Guernsey for centuries. The Extente of 1331 spells the name Brehault, according to the Ile-de-France or Parisian dialect which was adopted a century earlier as the correct French, whereas in Guernsey the older Norman pronunciation Berhaut is always used.
Torteval appears to have been 'the cradle of the race' in Guernsey. At the time of the Extente of 1331 six of the eight tenants of the Fief des Huit Bouvées in that parish were of the name. Four of the six bore the forename Jean. There have been Jean Brehauts in Torteval ever since. None are then mentioned in any other parish, but by the end of the following century the Brehauts had become established in several of the country parishes, even as far as the Càtel.
- Brehaut baptisms in Jersey
- Brehaut marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Brehaut marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Brehaut burials in Jersey
Guernsey family trees
- Descendents of Pierre Brehaut Des Marchez c1360 of St Pierre du Bois
- Descendents of Jean Brehaut Des Marchez c1445 of St Pierre du Bois - Gt Grandson of Pierre c1360
- Descendants of Nicolas Brehaut b. c1390 in Torteval
- Route du Brehaut, St Pierre du Bois
- de Garis, Marie, A Brehaut Family some 400 years ago, Trans Soc Guern, 1962