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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

Early records

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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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Wallis 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

  • John Wallace, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset - 20 January 1914, D/Y/A/73
  • Walter Wallis of 31, Commercial Street, St Helier Shipowner, bequeaths to Thomas Wallis either of his ship, the Providence or the Grace, the other vessel to be sold - 30 November 1864, D/Y/A/32
  • Robert Wallis of Langport, Somerset, now of St Helier - 29 October 1873, D/Y/A/37
  • Arthur Wallis, 16 Clairvale Road, St Helier - 31 July 1940, D/Y/A/107
  • Esther Wallis, 17 Gloucester Street, St Helier, widow of Thomas Filley Podger - 3 August 1893, D/Y/A/54


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