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A Messervy wedding

Origin of Surname

The name may be derived from the old Norman word Messervijr, meaning 'ill-used'. The Rev George Balleine agrees, stating 'Messervy was a pitying name given to one who had been maltreated. In Wace we read of "son frere messervi", his ill-treated brother'. However, the name is not common in Normandy, nor elsewhere in France, today.

Early records

The name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309 and Edouard appears in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

This is one of the aboriginal families of Jersey. According to one of its members the name is formed from the obsolete Norman verb Messervijr, and consequently means the " ill-used."

In 1331 John Messervy held land in St Martin, and was also Seigneur of the fief of Poteraux in Grouville. The important fief of Bagot came into the possession of this family by the marriage of Richard Messervy with Mabel, the eldest daughter of Clement Dumaresq, Seigneur of Samares.

A family, named Messerwy, is settled in England, and is very probably derived from the one now noticed, as both name and arms differ very slightly.

Philip Messervy and Thomas William Messerv, are the principal representatives of this ancient and highly respectable insular house.


  • As borne by Charles Bertram Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked, vert.

Quartering : Argent, on a chevron between three martlets, sable, as many fleurs-de-lis of the field, for Falle

Or, three cherries, stalked, vert, a martlet for difference, for Messervy.

Crest : A cherry-tree, ppr.

Motto : Au valeureux coeur rien impossible.

  • As borne by Thomas-William Messervy: Or, three cherries, gules, stalked,


  • Messervy, 1309
  • Mauservy c1340
  • Messervi 1331
  • Le Messeryn
  • Meservie
  • Messervye
  • Messerwy
  • Mesharvy
  • Meservey
  • Maserve
  • Messervey
  • Meservee
  • Meserve
  • Messerve

Family records


Family trees

The three trees which follow represent different branches of the same family. There are a number of areas in which the trees differ, mainly on exact sequence of generations and names of wives in the Falle family. The original core tree, researched by Mike Bisson, has been restored, and links created between the trees. Researchers are requested to take extreme care with generations in the individual trees which are highlighted in red.

The next two trees follow two different lines of descent from a Jersey emigrant to the USA. The third starts with the same person but follows a branch which remained in Jersey


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