The history of the Hellern family name begins in the German province of Bavaria
. Hellern 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. Hellern 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 Hellern family
The surname Hellern 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 Hellern family
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Hellern Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Hellern include Heller, Hellern, Heler, Hellers, Hellerer, Helere, Hellere and many more.
Early Notables of the Hellern family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hellern family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hellern or a variant listed above: 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..