In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Hellwell surname lived near a holy spring having derived from the Old English terms halli,
which meant holy, and welle,
which meant spring. There are several place-names that are also derived from these words, including Halliwell in Lancashire
, Holwell in Dorset
, and Holywell and Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Hellwell family
The surname Hellwell was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hellwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hellwell research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1535, 1548, 1564, 1649, 1686 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Hellwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hellwell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hellwell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hellwell include: Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.
Early Notables of the Hellwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Oibert Halliwell of Halliwell; and Edward Halliwell, English fellow of King's College, Cambridge from 1535 to 1548 who wrote the lost tragedy, Dido, which was performed before Queen Elizabeth I during her royal visit to the university on 7 August 1564. John Holwell... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hellwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hellwell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hellwell or a variant listed above: Richard Halliwell settled in New York State in 1774.