The name Hellyer was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hellyer family 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 Hellyer family
The surname Hellyer 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.
Early History of the Hellyer family
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Hellyer Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hellyer have been found, including Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.
Early Notables of the Hellyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hellyer family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hellyer were among those contributors:
Hellyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert and Thomas Hellyer, who settled in Barbados in 1685
Hellyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Edward Hellyer was registered in Battle Harbour Newfoundland in 1787 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
Hellyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J Hellyer, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
- P. Hellyer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
- Arthur Hellyer, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Hellyer (post 1700)
- Arthur L. Hellyer (1899-1981), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Illinois State Treasurer, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Henry Hellyer (1790-1832), English explorer, one of the first explorers to visit the interior of the north west of Tasmania
- Jill Hellyer (b. 1925), Australian poet and writer
- Arthur George Lee Hellyer (1902-1993), British horticulturalist
- Paul Theodore Hellyer PC (b. 1923), Canadian politician, the longest serving current member of the Privy Council
The Hellyer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro republica semper
Motto Translation: For the state always.