Hellar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Hellar family
The surname Hellar was first found in Helland, a parish in the Trigg hundred of Cornwall. "Hals says the name refers to the church, and signifies the hall, college, temple, or church. Tonkin says kel and kele are Cornish pronunciations of the English hall, atrium, and that this word was applied to churches as well as gentlemens houses in various parts of England." 
"Others however, on what may be deemed better authority, trace the name up to Helen, a female saint, who is said to have come into Cornwall from Ireland, in company with Germochus and others, several centuries before the Norman Conquest, and just at a time that Christianity gained an ascendancy over Druidism in this county. Her name is still preserved in the church of this parish, which from time immemorial has been dedicated to her memory." 
Later some of the family were found in Yorkshire where the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when held lands in Bridlington. 
Early History of the Hellar family
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Hellar Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hellar has been spelled many different ways, including Hellerd, Hellard, Helled, Hellad and others.
Early Notables of the Hellar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hellar family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hellars to arrive in North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..