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.
Early History of 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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Migration of the Hellier family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- 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 Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Richard Hellier, who arrived in St. John's Newfoundland in about 1763 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
- George Hellier, aged 25, a brickmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
- Nathaniel Hellier, aged 22, a labourer, who 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, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Elizabeth Hellier, aged 23, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Kate Hellier, aged 2, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- George Hellier, aged 46, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Elizabeth Hellier, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
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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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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
The Hellier 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.