The name Helcrosss has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the county of Derbyshire
. The surname Helcrosss is a habitation surname which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the family was named after the ancient stone cross that stood in the High Peak forest in the parish of Shackelcross.
Early Origins of the Helcrosss family
The surname Helcrosss was first found in Derbyshire
at Shallcross, a small village in northwestern portion of the shire. Some claim the name Shallcross comes from an ancient stone cross, known as the Shall Cross which dated back to 832 when St. Paulinus visited the area.
Early History of the Helcrosss family
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Helcrosss Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Helcrosss have been found, including Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
Early Notables of the Helcrosss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Helcrosss family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Helcrosss, or a variant listed above: Bradford, James and Samuel Shawcross arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871.