The history of the Hellere family name begins in the German province of Bavaria
. Hellere is a nickname
surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Hellere is a name for a person who lived in the Swabian town of Hall. Residents were so named because of the small medieval coin referred to as a heller which was first minted in the town in 1208.
Early Origins of the Hellere family
The surname Hellere was first found in Bavaria
, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this kingdom from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. In the Middle Ages, the word "heller" referred to the coins that had been produced in Schwaebisch-Hall since the year 1208. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Herr Volkhart der Heller (1278) of Freiburg, Rudolph der Heller (b.1302,) a farmer in Zuerich, and Johann Heller (1378) of Goerlingen.
Early History of the Hellere family
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Hellere Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Hellere include Heller, Hellern, Heler, Hellers, Hellerer, Helere, Hellere and many more.
Early Notables of the Hellere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hellere family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Helleres to arrive in North America, and among them were: Rudolph Heller, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728. Heinrich Haller came to Philadelphia in 1733; while Francis Heller landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1768..