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Jeanne Holley was baptised in St Martin in 1677

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Origins of surname

Although a common name in England, the original Holley immigrants to Jersey came from the Manche department of Normandy. English and French sources give different origins for the name. The English view is that it came from 'holly' and indicates a person living in a grove of holly plants, or coming from a location named Hollin or Holly. French sources suggest that it is related to places named Le Houley or Le Houlet and comes from the old word holei, meaning a sunken place.

Early records

  • The first known records are found in St Brelade and Grouville birth registers in the 1850s. Brothers Emanuel and Desire Thomas settled in Jersey either side of 1860.


  • Holley
  • Hollis

The two variants above are found in Jersey. Those below are given as variants in the UK but are not found in our Jersey records

  • Holly
  • Hollins
  • Hollies

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Great War service


Family wills

This will created by a member of the Holley family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Bienaimé Holley living near Fauvic, Grouville - 8 August 1923, D/Y/A/83

Family gravestones

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