The ancestors of the Helisby family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration 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 Helisby family
The surname Helisby 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 Helisby family
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Helisby Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Helisby were recorded, including Helsby, Hellsby, Helsbie, Helsbee, Hellsbee and many more.
Early Notables of the Helisby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Helisby family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Helisby arrived in North America very early: Richard Hellsby who landed in North America in 1710.
The Helisby 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.