Messervy

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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Messervy family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Messervy, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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A Messervy wedding

Origin of Surname

The name may be derived from the old Norman word Messervijr, meaning 'ill-used'. The Rev George Balleine agrees, stating 'Messervy was a pitying name given to one who had been maltreated. In Wace we read of "son frere messervi", his ill-treated brother'. However, the name is not common in Normandy, nor elsewhere in France, today.

Early records

The name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309 and Edouard appears in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

This is one of the aboriginal families of Jersey. According to one of its members the name is formed from the obsolete Norman verb Messervijr, and consequently means the " ill-used."

In 1331 John Messervy held land in St Martin, and was also Seigneur of the fief of Poteraux in Grouville. The important fief of Bagot came into the possession of this family by the marriage of Richard Messervy with Mabel, the eldest daughter of Clement Dumaresq, Seigneur of Samares.

A family, named Messerwy, is settled in England, and is very probably derived from the one now noticed, as both name and arms differ very slightly.

Philip Messervy and Thomas William Messerv, are the principal representatives of this ancient and highly respectable insular house.

Arms

  • As borne by Charles Bertram Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked, vert.

Quartering : Argent, on a chevron between three martlets, sable, as many fleurs-de-lis of the field, for Falle

Or, three cherries, stalked, vert, a martlet for difference, for Messervy.

Crest : A cherry-tree, ppr.

Motto : Au valeureux coeur rien impossible.

  • As borne by Thomas-William Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked,

Variants

  • Messervy, 1309
  • Mauservy c1340
  • Messervi 1331
  • Le Messeryn
  • Meservie
  • Messervye
  • Messerwy
  • Mesharvy
  • Meservey
  • Maserve
  • Messervey
  • Meservee
  • Meserve
  • Messerve

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The trees which follow represent different branches of the same family. There are a number of areas in which the trees differ, mainly on exact sequence of generations and names of wives in the Falle family. The original core tree, researched by Jerripedia editor Mike Bisson, has been restored, and links created between the trees. Researchers are requested to take extreme care with generations in the individual trees which are highlighted in red.

The next two trees follow two different lines of descent from a Jersey emigrant to the USA. The third starts with the same person but follows a branch which remained in Jersey



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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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