The illustrious surname Hellens is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames
. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Hellens is a place-name from in Devon
. Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon. The name could also have been a baptismal name derived from the son of Heilin.
Early Origins of the Hellens family
The surname Hellens was first found in Brittany
, where Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon
. It is there that the family established its family seat
at Ashton and Credy-Helion.
Early History of the Hellens family
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Hellens Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Heylin, Heylen, Haylin, Hayling, Heylins, Heylens and many more.
Early Notables of the Hellens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hellens family to Ireland
Some of the Hellens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hellens family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hellens, or a variant listed above: Hester Heylens, who sailed to Virginia in 1649; Mary Haylin, who came to Maryland 1720; Barbara Heylin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732; H. Nicholas Helling, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1750.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hellens (post 1700)
- Lawrence Walter von Hellens (b. 1903), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Helsingfors, 1937-39; Stockholm, 1943 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Hellens family
- Mr. Joseph S Hellens (b. 1911), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from South Shields, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm