Looking for Myth,
Legend, Heroes, Tragedy, Suspense or Perseverance?
Just hang on to your mouse, lean forward and prepare for a tale that
will stick on you, cause you’re just a mouse click away from
legend of a millennium.
Our legend at least.
It will be a story about ordinary people, being part in the special
moments in time that mark an era. Each bringing their own contribution,
great or insignificant in the face of history, but always being the
parent, the son or daughter, being the loved one or the one loving
This website is dedicated to our family name, and the people that carry
For starters this is no ordinary name, but a tong twister that needs
spelling on every phone call.
We are blessed with a double name: a combination of a French and a
Dutch name. And for as long as I live and I can remember it has raised
eyebrows and induced expectations of mystique, money or nobility.
So its time to tell the tale and where better to start then at the
Our family name is: d’Achard
This name is formed in the early 19th century, shortly after Napoleon
had installed the civil registration. When a young father gave the name
of his mother as a givenname to his newly born son as a tribute to his
mother who was the last of an ancient french bloodline.
I will try to tell the tale, the Who,What & Where, but also if
possible the Why & How. This website will be a living document,
will grow over time.
The confirmed information I have now goes back 13 generations to 1630, but the legend
and unconfirmed history goes back to 800AC !!! So more than a
millennium it is, knights, priests, warriors, nobility, professors,
explorers, inventors are there, even a king who wanted to be an
emperor. But most of all a tale of ordinary people that sometimes have
to struggle to survive in sickness & health in wars &
Hans d'Achard van Enschut, November 2005