Hellman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hellman family

The surname Hellman was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1274 when William Helman held lands.

Early History of the Hellman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hellman research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hellman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hellman Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hellman family name include Helman, Hellman and others.

Early Notables of the Hellman family (pre 1700)

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


United States Hellman migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hellman surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hellman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bastian Hellman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Michael Hellman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Jacob Hellman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
Hellman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Hellman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Anders August Andersson Hellman, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1850 [1]
  • Manley Hellman, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hellman (post 1700) +

  • Martin Hellman (b. 1945), American cryptologist
  • Walter Hellman (1916-1975), American checkers champion
  • Monte Hellman (b. 1932), American film director, producer, and film editor
  • Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), American playwright
  • Danny Hellman (b. 1964), American illustrator and cartoonist nicknamed Dirty Danny
  • Russell Hellman (1917-2004), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1961-80 [2]
  • Marco F. Hellman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960; Presidential Elector for California, 1968 [2]
  • M. S. Hellman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1888 [2]
  • Clara Hellman Hellman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1928 [2]
  • Ame Hellman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1996 [2]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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