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Where did the English Heles family come from? What is the English Heles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heles family history?

The Heles surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Ellis.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Heles are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Heles include: Ellis, Elliss, Ellys, Elis, Eliss, Elliason and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heles research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1474, 1693, 1598, 1665, 1676, 1609, 1680, 1654, 1640, 1653, 1625, 1673, 1634, 1716, 1703, 1651, 1734, 1650, 1731, 1282, 1721, 1806, 1861, 1939, 1774, 1832, 1820, 1826 and are included under the topic Early Heles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 249 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Heles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heles or a variant listed above: David Ellis who settled in Virginia in 1608 12 years before the "Mayflower"; Arthur Ellis, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630; Elizabeth Ellis, who arrived in Boston in 1635.

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The Heles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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