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.
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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.
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 
Michael Hellman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 
Jacob Hellman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 
Hellman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
R Hellman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
Anders August Andersson Hellman, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1850 
Manley Hellman, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 
^ 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)