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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.

Hellyer Early Origins



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.

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Hellyer Spelling Variations


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Hellyer Spelling Variations



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.

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Hellyer Early History


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Hellyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hellyer research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hellyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hellyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hellyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, 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 settled in Barbados in 1685

Hellyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Hellyer was registered in Battle Harbour Newfoundland in 1787 [1]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 landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • P. Hellyer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Arthur Hellyer, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hellyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hellyer (post 1700)



  • Arthur L. Hellyer (1899-1981), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Illinois State Treasurer, 1956
  • 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

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Hellyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hellyer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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