The history of the Helesbay family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in a place in Cheshire
called Helsby, which was recorded in the Domesday Book
The place-name Helesbe is derived from the Old Norman word hjallr,
which means ledge
and refers to a ledge on a mountainside, and byr,
which means farm
Thus, the place-name refers to a farm that is located on a ledge on a mountainside. After the Norman Conquest
, William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. As a result, the place-name Helsby is of Norman French rather than Old English origin.
Early Origins of the Helesbay family
The surname Helesbay was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Helmsby. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066 at Hastings, the village of Helsby was held by Earl Hugh, Earl of Chester. Conjecturally, it is from an unknown Norman noble who was tenant
of this village from the Earl who was the ancestor of this family. The village lay between Helsby Marshes and Helsby Hill.
Early History of the Helesbay family
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Helesbay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Helsby, Hellsby, Helsbie, Helsbee, Hellsbee and many more.
Early Notables of the Helesbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Helesbay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Helesbay or a variant listed above were: Richard Hellsby who landed in North America in 1710.
The Helesbay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En Dieu est mon esperance
Motto Translation: In God is my hope.