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Helier is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Helier family lived in Devon. This name is, however, not a reference to that area, but to the family's place of residence prior to their emigration to England with the Norman Conquest of 1066, St. Hellier, near Rouen, Normandy.

Helier Early Origins



The surname Helier was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Helier Spelling Variations


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Helier 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 Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.

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Helier Early History


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Helier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helier research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Helier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Helier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Helier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Helier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Helier or a variant listed above were:

Helier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sar Helier, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Helier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Helier, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Elizabeth Helier, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • Jane Helier, aged 34, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • William Helier, aged 11, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"

Helier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Helier, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Mary Helier, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Motto


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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: Pro republica semper
Motto Translation: For the state always.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Helier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Helier 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 March 2016 at 13:37.

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