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Morley family page

The family came to Jersey from Devon at the beginning of the 19th century.


Richard Basil Morley, Elizabeth and Cyril

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Origins of surname

This is a locational name from any of the various places called Morley in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Norfolk and West Yorkshire, or Moreleigh in Devon, deriving from the Olde English mor meaning marsh, moor or fen plus leah, wood or clearing, hence 'leah by a fen or moor'. The surname dates back to the early 14th Century

Early records

The Morley family has only been present in Jersey since the beginning of the 19th century, when John Morley, who can be found in the tree below, arrived from Devon. A second Morley family arrived from Leeds, Yorkshire.


  • Morley
  • Morlay

Family records


Family trees


Church records


Great War service

  • Cyril Bernard Morley (1899- ) (St H) son of Reginald John and Florence Ellen, RNAS, RAF
  • James W Morley, Private, RJGB, from UK
  • William Morley, Private, RJGB, from UK

Sons of George Lyddon Morley and Mabel Ingram, nee Wheeler

  • Lionel St Helier Morley DSO (1876-1954) (Jer) OV, Lieut-Colonel Sherwood Foresters
  • Lyddon Charteris Morley OBE (1878- ) OV, Lieut-Colonel Hampshire Regiment


Family wills

This will created by a member of the Morley 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

  • Sara Morley, Le Hauteur, St Brelade - 30 April 1943, D/Y/A/110

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Family gravestones

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