The name Helson is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Elton, which was in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Helson family
The surname Helson was first found in Cheshire
, at Elton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Eltone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There are at least five other villages named Elton scattered throughout Britain but this locale seems to be the oldest. The name has various different origins, but the most prominent meaning is "farmstead where eels are caught." Others include: "farmstead of the princes;" "farmstead of a man called Ella;" and "farmstead associated with a man called AEthel."
Early History of the Helson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helson research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1654, 1728, 1722, 1727, 1679, 1742, 1724, 1727, 1727, 1710, 1711, 1719 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Helson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Helson 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 Helson 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Helson include: Elton, Eltone, Helton, Ellton and others.
Early Notables of the Helson family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ambrose Elton, JP, of The Hazle, Ledbury, High Sheriff
in 1618; Sir Abraham Elton, 1st Baronet
of Bristol (1654-1728), English peer, Mayor of and Member of Parliament for Bristol from 1722 to... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Helson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helson 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 Helson or a variant listed above:
Helson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Helson, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Helson 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: Artibus et armis
Motto Translation: By arts and arms.