The name Helpan comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who because of his physical characteristics was referred to as Halfpenn.
This person had a slim or slight build and was given this surname as a means of identity. The surname may have also local
origins, which would explain Halfpenn Field in Cambridgeshire
. The residents gave half a penny per acre to repair the Needham Dyke in that county.
Early Origins of the Helpan family
The surname Helpan was first found in Worcestershire
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 Helpan family
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Helpan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Helpan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.
Early Notables of the Helpan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Helpan family to Ireland
Some of the Helpan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helpan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Helpan were among those contributors: Robert Halfpenny arrived in Annapolis Maryland in 1725; Michael Halfpenny settled in New England
in 1753; along with Peter; Thomas Halfpenny settled in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1823..