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Prominent Jersey politician Mike Wavell is second from left in this line-up of new Deputies elected to the States of Jersey in 1981

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Origins of surname

This surname has its origins in pre-Conquest France, and was introduced to England by the followers of William, Duke of Normandy. It is said to originate in one or more communes called Vauville in Calvados or Manche, and ultimately to derive from the old German wald = 'rule' and French ville = settlement. The name arrived in Jersey from England in the mid-19th century

Early records

The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the baptism in St Helier in 1861 of Elizabeth Mary, the first of six children of Sydney Mansell Wavell and Eliza Goswell Cowley. The couple had been married earlier in the year in the same parish


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This will created by a member of the Wavell family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Wavell : Sydney Joseph , of 10 Trinity Gardens, Trinity Road, St Helier - 14/Oct/1961 , 28/Feb/1967 , D/Y/B1/105/52


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  • Mike Wavell, nurse, Honorary Policeman, businessman and States Deputy

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