Origin of Surname
The name is probably derived from the old French for white poplar, suggesting that the original holder of the name lived near a grove of these trees.
However, it may have a derivation specific to Jersey and mean 'a Breton' because the early Jersey poet Wace refered to the Bretons as Les Brez.
Bree is not found in the Assize Roll of 1309 nor the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 but a Symon Bree was born in St Martin about 1500 and had sons Richard and Edouard.
- Bray, 1528
- Bree, 1500
There is considerable overlap and duplication between these trees, most of which are believed to link back to Symon Bree. Some changes were made in 2021 and further links added
- Descendants of Symon Braye
- Descendants of Edouard Braye
- Descendants of Richard Braye
- Descendants of Edouard Bree
- Descendants of Philip Bree
- Bree baptisms in Jersey
- Bree marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Bree marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Bree burials in Jersey
Family histories and biographies
Great War service
- Elias Bree was a shoemaker at 17 King Street in the 1850s
- No 57 King StreetC Bray had a boot and shoe warehouse at 57 King Street in 1900]]
Family photo album
Helier Bree, awarded the Military Medal and Belgian Croix de Guerre in the Great War. Born in 1887 he was the son of Helier Bree and Jane Elizabeth, nee Atkins
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