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Shales family page


Matilda Grace Shales married Frederick Thomas Underwood in St Helier in 1871

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Origins of surname

This is probably an Anglo-Saxon surname, but its origins are uncertain. It may have been applied to somebody living near a shale bed, but it may also have been related to someone working in the textile industry, making shawls schals. The name is not found in early surname dictionaries.

Early records

Thye name first appears in Jersey in the 1860s with the baptism of seven children of George Shales and Oshanna Boswell in St Helier. George came to Jersey from Poole. (See tree below)


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