This Ancestry Site has been compiled using Census records and other online ancestry sites, this info would all need to be confirmed
with corroborating BDM certs. If there are errors, please accept my apologies, If there are any corrections that you can confirm then
please contact me so that I can make the corrections!
I would like to thank Kathy and Jeremy Bichard for all of there help and encouragement to complete this Project and a special thank you
to Lorna Pratt for sharing the research she undertook 20years ago, helping us with many dates and spouse info.
It may be of interest to the Bichards to know that their ancestors hailed from Jersey. It was about 1575 that, Germain and Brandeyn Bichard, sons of John, came to Guernsey and settled, the one at St. Sampson's and the other at St. Saviour's. Another brother John, seems to have followed them to Guernsey a few years later. Later on, Brandeyn's younger son Pierre, left St. Saviour's to join his uncle Germain at St. Sampson's. Since then their descendants have spread far and wide.
The origin of Surname Bichard comes from the French for little doe, introduced into England by French Huguenot refugees at the end of the 17th Century. After Louis X1V's revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, a great many French Huguenots fled to Britain and other countries to escape religious persecution on the Continent. The name "Bichard", also found as "Bicard", "Bihard", "Bigard", and "Biard", derives from an Old Germanic personal name, "Bighard", composed of the elements "Big", of uncertain meaning, and "hard", hardy, brave, strong. The marriage of Lewis Bichard and Ann Baldwin was recorded at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, in London, on November 2nd 1772, and one Charles Bichard was christened at La Patente French Huguenot church in London in June 1757. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Pierre Bichard (christening), which was dated March 20th 1715, St. Jean French Huguenot Church, Spitalfields, London, during the reign of King George 1, "The First Hanoverian", 1714 - 1727. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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The family name Bichard is found in the Extente (Census) of 1331 and the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains two Bichards.
In 1841 there were 185 Bichard's registered as living in Guernsey and 51 registered as living in Jersey. In the 1851 census 187 were registered in Guernsey and 42 in Jersey. Further listings in Guernsey/Jersey in 1861 = 176/40, 1871 = 226/42, 1881 = 228/43, 1891 = 264/30, 1901 = 292/35 and in 1911 = 247/33
The Noyon clan was started in Guernsey by Francois Noyon b.1801 Cherbourg, France and his wife Mary Aimee Soyer who was b.1794 in France, Francois Noyon was a Farmer but some of his descendants became Fishermen and Pilots residing mostly in the Bordeaux area.