The origin of the Guernsey name, Marquand, seems to stem from Le Marchant (the merchant), probably derived from an early tradesman between Guernsey and France. The earliest occurence of the variant Marquand was in 1513, when the parish school of St Peter Port, Guernsey was founded by the gift of Thomas Le Marquand and his wife, Yonette Thelby.
Not quite a century later, in 1595, Pierre Marquand is the first member of the family to be mentioned in St Andrews' parish registers. My line of Marquand starts with my great grandmother, Elizabeth. The family had a great deal of farm property in St Andrews parish, centred around the family farm, Les Grand Courtils. In the early 19th century, my branch of the family moved to St Jacques in the parish of St Peter Port. They established a family business whose activities included the import of coal and a ship's chandlery. The business, Marquand Bros, is still a prominent feature of the St Peter Port sea front today.
The family were also leading members of the Methodist movement in Guernsey, with a number of family members being preachers and leading church members.
Last update: 20 Mar 2004