× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The illustrious surname Hellings is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Hellings is a place-name from in Devon. Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon. The name could also have been a baptismal name derived from the son of Heilin.

Hellings Early Origins



The surname Hellings was first found in Brittany, where Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon. It is there that the family established its family seat at Ashton and Credy-Helion.

Close

Hellings Spelling Variations


Expand

Hellings Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Heylin, Heylen, Haylin, Hayling, Heylins, Heylens and many more.

Close

Hellings Early History


Expand

Hellings Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hellings research. Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1190, 1273, 1562, 1631, 1600 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hellings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Hellings Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Hellings Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hellings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Hellings In Ireland


Expand

Hellings In Ireland



Some of the Hellings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hellings, or a variant listed above:

Hellings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Claus Hellings, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Hellings, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849

Hellings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hellings, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Hellings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hellings, aged 47, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"

Hellings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hellings, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • William Hellings, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Eliza Hellings, aged 21, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Hellings (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Hellings (post 1700)



  • Ronald "Mack" Hellings (1915-1951), American racecar driver who was killed in a plane crash in Kern County, California in 1951
  • Richard "Dick" Hellings (1874-1938), English born rugby union forward who played international rugby for Wales (1897-1901)
  • Sergio Hellings (b. 1984), Dutch footballer
  • General Sir Peter Hellings KCB, DSC, MC (1916-1990), British Naval Officer, General, Commandant General of the Royal Marines (1968-1971)

Close

Hellings Historic Events


Expand

Hellings Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peter G G O Hellings, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

Close

Hellings Family Crest Products


Expand

Hellings Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Hellings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hellings 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 June 2016 at 09:01.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest