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Florence Letitia Williams, nee Giffard (1886- ) daughter of John Francis Giffard and Elizabeth, nee Bisson, married John Williams

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Origin of Surname

This surname is of some considerable antiquity and was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It has two possible origins, the first of which is as the Anglicized form of the Germanic personal name "Gebhardt", composed of the elements "geb", meaning "gift" and "hard", meaning "brave", "hardy" or "strong". The popularity of St Gebhardt, Bishop of Constance at the end of the 10th Century, contributed to the continued use of the given name into the Middle Ages.

The second possible origin is from the Old French "Giffard", used as a nickname for someone thought to be "chubby-cheeked", a derivative of the Germanic word "giffel", "cheek".

The name is common today in Normandy and records there go back to Walterius Gyfardus in 1037, Waltcrus Gifardus in 1046, and Galterius Giffart in 1066.

Early records

The name does not appear to have occurred so early in Jersey. It apppears in the Extente of 1528 and Jacquet, Jeffrey, Johan, Robyn and Katherine are all mentioned in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550

  • Guillaume Giffard was born in Grouville about 1473. He was probably the brother of Jean (1475- ) and the son of another Jean
  • Thomas Giffard was born in Trinity about 1574, and was the father of Catherine (1600- ) who married John Cabot, and probably of Marie (1604- ) who married Alexis de la Haye
  • Jacques Gifford was born in St Saviour about 1576 and married Elizabeth Dolbel in 1603
  • Bregitte Giffard was born in Trinity about 1566
  • Richard Giffard was born in Grouville about 1581 and married Catherine Neel


Although the spelling Giffard is by far the most common in Jersey, Gifford is also found in records which probably belong to the same family.

  • Giffard, 1668
  • Giffert 1607
  • Gyffart 1528
  • Giford
  • Giffart
  • Gifhard
  • Geffard
  • Gifford

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Great War service

Sons of Edward Sidney Giffard and Alice Ann Le Breton

  • Reginald William Alfred Giffard (1900- )(St H) son of William Charles Frederick and Ada Selina Bouchard, Private, Devonshire Regiment


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Cynthia Giffard (centre) and friends at St Ouen's Bay

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