Helstowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Helstowe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Elton, which was in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Helstowe family
The surname Helstowe 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. 
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."
The Helston variant hails from the town so named in Cornwall. "The origin of Helston town is equally as uncertain. Mr. Polwhele intimates, that Helston was not unknown as a town so early as the landing of Cesar upon the British shores. 'Helles-ton or Hellas-ton,' says Hals, 'hath upon the north and east Gwendron, west, Sithney and the Loe Pool, south, Mawgan and Gunwallo. As for the first name it signifies a broad hall or college town ; or a town which had a large hall, a palace, court, or manor." 
Early History of the Helstowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helstowe research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1654, 1728, 1722, 1727, 1679, 1742, 1724, 1727, 1727, 1710, 1711, 1719, 1720, 1650, 1649 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Helstowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Helstowe Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Helstowe has been spelled many different ways, including Elton, Eltone, Helton, Ellton and others.
Early Notables of the Helstowe family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ambrose Elton, JP, of The Hazle, Ledbury, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1618; Sir Abraham Elton, 1st Baronet of Bristol (1654-1728), English peer, Mayor of and Member of Parliament for Bristol from 1722 to 1727; and his son, Sir Abraham Elton, 2nd Baronet (1679-1742,), English peer and politician, Member of Parliament for Taunton between 1724 and 1727, and then for...
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Migration of the Helstowe family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Helstowes to arrive in North America: Anthony Elton, wife Susan, three sons and a daughter settled in Maryland in 1682; Ed Elton settled in Virginia in 1653; Anthony Elton settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
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The Helstowe 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.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print