Le Ber family page
Michael Le Ber, son of Hyacinth Charles and Delia McManus, and his three sons
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Origin of Surname
This name is variously found as Le Bel and Le Ber in the Trinity Church records for the same family. This family seems to have settled in the parish in the early 17th century but to have moved away or died out a century later.
The name is clearly of French origin and 'Le Bel' would mean a good-looking man. It is unclear, however, why Le Ber should have been considered an alternative spelling; it is possible that it was simply a mistake in a baptism entry which stuck with the family. Le Ber is found much more frequently than Le Bel.
In Normandy Lebel and Leber/Le Ber, are quite distinct family names, the former derived from the old French bel for handsome, and the latter having several possible derivations.
They include the old French ber, related to baron; ber meaning the point of a spear and implying a soldier; ber an adjective meaning valliant, good, courteous; and leber originating with the Alsatian or German word for liver, and indicating a butcher or charcutier.
The surname Le Ber is perhaps most common in Brittany, where it is suggested that it is derived from the Breton ber for 'short'.
The family may have been in Trinity earlier than the records suggest, or there may have been a different family of Le Ber, because Sara, daughter of Thomas and Sara Gallie, who married Jean Le Rossignol, is found in many family trees, although there is no record of her supposed birth in Trinity.
Jeanne (1564- ) is frequently encountered as born in the same parish, the daughter of Gregoire and Mabel Cabot, and married to Jean Binet.
In the 1911 Census there is one Le Ber family living in St Helier. This appears to be the remnants of a family which lived in Alderney for three or more generations and partly emigrated to Canada in the 19th century (see link below).
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- Le Ber
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Family members who served in the Great War
- Reginald James Truscott Le Ber (1892- ) (St H), son of Lucas and Amelia Jane Truscott, ex-RMIJ, Mercantile Marine
This will created by a member of the Le Ber family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Catherinne Le Ber, widow of Philippe Blampied 20 August 1729 - D/Y/A/6
Le Ber businesses
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