Bras-de-Fer family page
You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.
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.
From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.
A blue link anywhere in the text will lead you to another page with more information on this family
Origin of Surname
- The name Brasdefer is recorded in the Extente of 1374. It means arm of iron, and though this famous old Jersey family is now extinct, we have still Ferbrache whose name means exactly the same.
Although this family has long been extinct, it at one time enjoyed a high position in the island. In the Extente of 1331, Guille or William Bras-de-Fer is mentioned as holding the Fief des Augres, in Trinity parish, in right of his wife; this fief owed the same homage to the crown as that of Rozel. This Guille Bras-de-Fer is the Seigneur des Augres mentioned by the chronicler as having been slain in the retaking of Guernsey from the French in 1338. Thomas Bras-de-Fer, a son or grandson of the above, was Bailly of Jersey in 1378, and another member of the same family, Geoffroy Bras-de-Fer, filled the same office in 1396.
- Bras de Fer