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Miriam Margaret Falla (1901-1981), daughter of Walter (1856-1927) and Clara Evelyn Cave (1875-1953), married Frederick George Bevis (1893-1936)

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Origin of Surname

The surname Falla/Fallas has been said to be Anglo-Norman in origin meaning the man who hailed from Falaise in Calvados.

There is also a suggestion that the Falla family may have originated from a house of Jewish nobility that fled from persecution in Spain and settled in Guernsey in 1487 [1]

However, the name may have the same simple derivation as Falle: Fahl, Fahia, and Falho, three forms of the German Faike, became in French, Falle, Falla, and Fallu.

The earliest references to the surname Falla in Guernsey are to Gyfre Falla & Rauf Falla who were living in Guernsey in the year 1460 according to archives in the Priaulx Library.

Variants

  • Falla
  • Falle (it is not clear whether the two very similar Channel Islands names have any hereditary link)

Family records

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Family trees



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Church records



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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Falla family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Judith Falla of Guernsey, now of St Helier, widow of Thomas Mahy - 10 November 1890, D/Y/A/49
  • Isaac Falla of St John, bequeaths to the poor of St John, £1 - 30 November 1887, D/Y/A/46
  • Louisa Falla, 3 Temple Villas, Stopford Road, St Helier, widow of Theodore Le Gallais, desires to be buried in Almorah Cemetery - 11 August 1934, D/Y/A/96
  • Peter Falla - 21 May 1932, D/Y/A/93
  • James Falla of Castel, Guernsey - 22 March 1945, D/Y/A/113
  • Herbert Falla, Les Buttes, St John - 25 January 1946, D/Y/A/115

Notable Guernseymen

  • Raymond Ogier Falla (1901-?) - horticultural expert and member of the Controlling Committee of the States of Guernsey during German Occupation
  • Francis Walter Falla (1911-1983) - assistant editor of Guernsey Star newspaper and underground resistance hero of German Occupation
  • Thomas John Blondel Falla

Further Reading

See also

Les Roques Barrées, le Grand Tertre, Falla Family Monument

Jersey Branch

In or about 1788, Isaac Falla, of Les Capelles, sold his Guernsey property to his brother Pierre Falla, and settled in St John, Jersey, on an estate which he bought, by deed of 6 September 1788, from Philippe Hubert. Isaac Falla named this property Les Capelles, after his ancestral home in Guernsey.

Family properties

Family photographs

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Jersey gravestones

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Links

Descendents of Gyfre Falla - John Falla's Family Tree Maker web site

Descendents of Etienne Falla - Tony Bellow's web site with Falla, Corbin and Le Prevost trees

References

  1. Spaniards in the Holocaust: Mauthausen, the horror on the Danube By David Wingeate Pike
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