Origins of surname
This surname is probably derived from the Germanic personal name Leonhard, leon meaning 'lion' and hard meaning 'brave' or 'hardy'. It is a name which is found in both the British Isles and France.
The name was present in Jersey as early as 1477, when we find mention of Martina, widow of Jean Leonard, having been buried in St Saviour`s Church. Tne name is derived from the Christian name Leonard.
The bearers of the name have never been numerous, so may well have been present in the Island at an earlier date, whilst leaving proportionately fewer records. The name may have been introduced or, alternatively, formed within the Island, like many others, in situ.
There were undoubtedly later immigrants from England, who may even have reintroduced the name, as the early family appears to have died out in the 17th century and there is a gap in baptisms for the name from 1629 to 1791.
- Marie Léonard, daughter of Michel, and sister of the priest Sire Philippe Léonard, married in about 1510 Nicolas Gallie, of St Saviour. The bride`s father will have been born about 1460.
- Leonard, 1527
- Lienard, 1461-78
- Lieonard 1617
- Lyonard 1528
- Descendants of Michel Leonard
- Descendants of Germain Leonard
- Descendants of James Leonard
- Descendants of John Leonard
- Leonard baptisms in Jersey
- Leonard marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Leonard marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Leonard burials in Jersey
Leonard family members who served in World War 1
- William Herbert Lennard (1895-1914) son of Herbert and Emma, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment, killed in action
- Edwin L Lennard (St H), Private, Devonshire Regiment
Two sons of Alexandre and Ada Maria of St Ouen
- Clarence Alexander Leonard (1896- ) (St O) Private, East Surrey Regiment
- Edward Stanley Leonard (1898- ) (St O) Private, Dorsetshire Regiment
Notable family members
- Freddy Lonsdale, playwright and librettist, born Lionel Leonard
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