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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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