Hellyar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hellyar family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon. This name is, however, not a reference to that area, but to the family's place of residence prior to their emigration to England with the Norman Conquest of 1066, St. Hellier, near Rouen, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Hellyar family

The surname Hellyar was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hellyar family

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Hellyar Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hellyar were recorded, including Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.

Early Notables of the Hellyar family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hellyar family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Hellyar arrived in North America very early: Isaac, John and Peter Hellier, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Marjorie, Mary, Robert, Thomas Hellier settled in Barbados between 1654 and 1684; Robert and Thomas Hellyer settled in Barbados in 1685..

Contemporary Notables of the name Hellyar (post 1700)

  • John Hellyar Rickard (b. 1940), former Chief Economic Advisor to the British Government
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