Hellier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hellier was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hellier family lived in Devon. This name is, however, not a reference to that area, but to the family's place of residence prior to their emigration to England with the Norman Conquest of 1066, St. Hellier, near Rouen, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Hellier family

The surname Hellier was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hellier family

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Hellier Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.

Early Notables of the Hellier family (pre 1700)

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Hellier migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hellier or a variant listed above:

Hellier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Hellier, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Isaac, John and Peter Hellier, who, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Marjorie, Mary, Robert, Thomas Hellier, who settled in Barbados between 1654 and 1684

Hellier migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hellier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Hellier, who arrived in St. John's Newfoundland in about 1763 [2]
Hellier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Hellier, (b. 1817), aged 38, English settler, from Poltimore, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [3]
  • Mrs. Ellen Hellier, (b. 1819), aged 36, English settler, from Poltimore, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [3]
  • Mr. William Hellier, (b. 1843), aged 12, English settler, from Poltimore, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [3]
  • Miss Dinah Hellier, (b. 1845), aged 10, English settler, from Poltimore, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [3]
  • Miss Harriett Hellier, (b. 1847), aged 8, English settler, from Poltimore, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [3]
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Hellier migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hellier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hellier, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • George Hellier, aged 25, a brickmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [5]
  • Nathaniel Hellier, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Hellier migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hellier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Farnham Hellier, (b. 1803), aged 38, British lime burner, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hellier née Pattimore, (b. 1805), aged 36, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Hellier, (b. 1826), aged 15, British settler, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [6]
  • Mr. William Hellier, (b. 1827), aged 13, British settler, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [6]
  • Miss Sarah Hellier, (b. 1830), aged 11, British settler, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hellier (post 1700)

  • Ralph Augustus Hellier, American head of a Pike County coal mining company, founder of Hellier, is an unincorporated community in Pike County, Kentucky
  • Cyril and Libbye Hellier (b. 1952), American operatic sopranos and identical twins
  • Samuel B. Hellier, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1974 [7]
  • Sir Samuel Hellier (d. 1751), English aristocrat who owned The Wodehouse, a country house near Wombourne, Staffordshire and the Hellier Stradivarius for almost 200 years
  • Trudy Hellier, Australian Writers' Guild Award and Australian Film Institute Award winning actress, known for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Breaking News (1994) and The Funk (2008)
  • Kirsten Louise Hellier (b. 1969), New Zealand silver medalist javelin thrower at the 1994 Commonwealth Games
  • William Hellier Baily (1819-1888), English palaeontologist, Assistant Curator in the Bristol Museum (1837-1844), nephew of E.H. Baily, the sculptor

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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