Origins of surname
This is a surname originating in Normandy and Picardie. Although Charles Stevens links it to maillard, a duck, he was possibly mistaken, because the French for the mallard is colvert.
However, our trusty French sources are divided. Noms de Famille de Normandie concurs with Stevens, giving the surname as 'Mallard', and linking it to Maslart, Mallart and Malliart (no mention of 'Maillard'), and saying that is derived from the old French maslart, or malart, for a wild duck, and suggesting that the original holder of the name was a hunter.
Another source gives 'Mallard' and 'Mallart' as synonmys of Maillard and suggests that the name could come from the Germanic personal name 'Magilhard', meaning 'hard force', and signifying someone of Ostrogoth origin, or simply a hard worker. Alternatively the same source links the name to maillet (mallet).
The Maillard family has been present in St Ouen from the early 17th century, although the first church record is that of the marriage of Nicollas to Marguerite Ahier, which took place in St Helier in 1632. Two of their children were baptised in St Ouen in 1635 and 1636, suggesting that they moved to the western parish soon after their marriage. There is no record of the baptism of the eldest child, Jean.
Only one unbroken branch of the family is identified in the St Ouen records and the family is still present in Jersey today, direct descendants of Nicollas and Marguerite.
- Maillard baptisms in Jersey
- Maillard marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Maillard marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Maillard burials in Jersey
Maillard family members who served in World War 1
- Jules Dominique Maillard (St B) Air Mechanic, Australian Flying Corps
These wills created by members of the Maillard family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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
- Alice Maillard of St Peter, now of Trinity - 22 August 1894, D/Y/A/53
- James Maillard, St Helier, bequeaths to Hedley James Maillard Fitzroy House, St Peter and Clos Gatebois – October 1928, D/Y/A/88
- Mary Maillard, St Peter bequeaths to the poor of St Peter 10s - 11 March 1910, D/Y/A/69
- Maud Maillard née Machon, Bay View House, First Tower, St Helier, bequeaths to Sidney James Maillard Fitzroy House, St Helier, Clos Nord de La Prêterie, St Ouen; to Hedley William Maillard Augerez Farm, St Peter, and Bay View House, First Tower, St Helier - 31 March 1939, D/Y/A/104
- Ancient House, St Ouen
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