Helliker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Helliker family

The surname Helliker was first found in Yorkshire in the East Riding at Ellerker, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alrecher and literally meant "marsh where alders grow" from the Old Scandinavian words elri + kjarr. [1]

At the time of the Domesday Book, the village was quite small with about 5 households holding about 39 villagers. The land was held at that time by Earl Morcar who was tenant in chief of the Bishop of Durham St Cuthbert. [2]

Early History of the Helliker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helliker research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1546, 1546, 1529, 1512, 1540, 1529 and 1522 are included under the topic Early Helliker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Helliker 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 Ellerker, Elerker, Ellerkar, Ellarker, Elarker, Ellercker, Elercker, Ellicker, Elicker, Ellickar, Elliker, Hellerker, Helliker, Elliker and many more.

Early Notables of the Helliker family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Ellerker, Sheriff of Northumberland; Sir Ralph Ellerker of Risby, Yorkshire; and his eldest son, Sir Ralph Ellerker (died 1546), an English soldier, knight and politician, High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1529. "Both father and son were knighted by the Earl of Surrey at Flodden Field. The elder Ellerker took part in the useless Spanish expedition in 1512, was an esquire...
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United States Helliker 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 Helliker or a variant listed above:

Helliker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Helliker, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. L. Helliker, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Agnes Helliker, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Bristol, in 1897
Helliker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Theresia Helliker, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Dannis Helliker, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Maria Helliker, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Maurice John Helliker, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from England, Bristol, in 1908

Canada Helliker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Helliker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Helliker, who settled in Ontario in 1871
Helliker Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Robert N. Helliker, aged 42, who settled in Walkerville, Canada, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Helliker (post 1700) +

  • Kevin P. Helliker, American journalist who shared the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism
  • Thomas Helliker (1784-1803), English trade unionist who was hanged, aged 19, for his alleged role in machine-breaking at a Wiltshire woollen mill, his conviction has been challenged, now regarded as a victim of anti-Luddite sentiment
  • Adam Helliker (b. 1958), English journalist who worked for the Daily Mail from 1981 to 1997


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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