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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.

Hellier Early Origins



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.

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Hellier Spelling Variations


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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.

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Hellier Early History


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Hellier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hellier research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hellier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hellier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hellier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hellier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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
  • Isaac, John and Peter Hellier, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Marjorie, Mary, Robert, Thomas Hellier settled in Barbados between 1654 and 1684

Hellier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Hellier, who arrived in St. John's Newfoundland in about 1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Hellier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hellier, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • George Hellier, aged 25, a brickmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"
  • Nathaniel Hellier, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Hellier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederic Hellier, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Hellier, aged 23, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Kate Hellier, aged 2, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • George Hellier, aged 46, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Hellier, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hellier (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro republica semper
Motto Translation: For the state always.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hellier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hellier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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