Wallis family page
Emily Rhoda Wallis (1929-1926), born Jersey, with her husband Frederick Charles Martyn, and their children
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Origins of surname
Better known as the variant Wallace, which is considered to be one of the most famous Scottish surnames, its origins may not be Scottish at all. The name comes from the Norman-French waleis, meaning 'foreigner', and was used in England to indicate a Welshman living in the border area, a Celt from Cornwall or a Breton who settled after the Norman Conquest; all of these in addition to a Scot in the area north of the English border
The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the baptism in 1655 of Marie, daughter of James Wallis and an unknown wife in St Helier. It was not until the 1830s that a family became established.
Wallace first appeared much later, with the baptism of three children of William and Jane Wallace in St Helier between 1808 and 1812
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Great War service
- Wallis burial records 1867-1960: These records are taken from record books of the main undertaker in business during these years. Further undertakers' records can be found in the indexes contained in our Burial records section, as well as records for individual cemeteries. They will be added to individual family pages as time permits.
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