Mattingley family page
This family arrived in Jersey in the first half of the 16th century and provided four Constables of St Clement
Jean Mattingley married Judith Alexandre in St Martin in 1739
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Origin of Surname
Mattingley is a village in Hampshire and the surname is said to have originated there, possibly in the family of the Lords of the Manor.
The village is first recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Matinlege', which broadly translates as 'the home of Matta people', an early English tribe who inhabited the area. An alternative suggestion for the derivation of the name is 'the farm where maedere was grown', maedere being a crop from which a red dye was extracted for use in dyeing clothes.
The Surname Database website offers these alternatives and says that the first record of the name spelt 'Mattingley' was the marriage of Anne Mattingley in 1596.
Mattingley was known in Jersey at least 40 years before this because Richard Mattingley was the first of four members of his family to be elected Constable of St Clement in 1556. He was probably the father of the Richard Mattingley who is at the head of the family tree which is linked below, because this Richard was only 18 at the time.
It is unlikely that the Richard who was Constable was the first of his family to arrive in Jersey, but they cannot have been established for long because there is no mention of the name in the Extente of 1528, or any of the earlier documents which are a source of information for the establishment of early Jersey families. Charles Stevens' list of Jersey surnames finds no earlier reference before 1526, and suggests no alternative spellings for the name.
In addition to Richard Mattingley, his descendants Jean (1615), Jean (1632) and Clement (1725) were all elected Constable of St Clement.
The family appears to have died out in St Clement in the mid-18th century, but branches were established in Grouville, and later in Trinity, plus a single family in St Saviour. There are no church records in any parish after 1878, and no baptisms beyond 1828, suggesting that the family died out completely in the island in the 19th century.
A detailed online family history shows that there are still Mattingley families in England today, but only takes the family tree back to the 18th century, and makes no reference to the Jersey branch of the family.
These wills created by members of the Mattingley 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
- Clement Mattingley 1 August 1741 - D/Y/A/7
- Thomas Mattingley 10 December 1755 - D/Y/A/9
- Marie Mattingley 11 September 1725 - D/Y/A/6
- Jean Mattingley of Grouville, desires to be buried in Grouville Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of Grouville, £10 tournois of the order of the King 11 October 1794 - D/Y/A/15
- Madeleine Mattingley of Grouville, bequeaths to the poor of Grouville, £15 of French currency 30 April 1841 - D/Y/A/25
- Clement Mattingley of Trinity, gentleman, desires to be buried in Trinity Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of Trinity, £1 15 July 1854 - D/Y/A/28
- Esther Mattingley, wife of Jean Ahier of Grouville, now of St Saviour - 31 July 1882, D/Y/A/42