name Helton comes from the family having resided in the village of Elton, which was in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Helton family
The surname Helton 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 Helton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helton research.Another 77 words (6 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 Helton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Helton Spelling Variations
Helton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Elton, Eltone, Helton, Ellton and others.
Early Notables of the Helton 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 Helton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helton family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Heltons to arrive on North American shores:
Helton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jane Helton, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 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)
Helton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Helton, aged 56, who emigrated to America, in 1895
- Thomas S. Helton, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Helton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Helton, aged 38, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1903
- James V Helton, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Samuel Helton, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1913
- Thomas Helton, aged 52, who landed in America from Poole, England, in 1916
- Ivor S. Helton, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Helton (post 1700)
- Johann Helton (b. 1953), American guitarist, bassist, teacher and sound engineer
- Kim Helton (b. 1948), American, football offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Derrick Helton (b. 1985), American six-time gold medalist Paralympic wheelchair rugby player
- Barry Bret Helton (b. 1965), former American college and NFL football player for the San Francisco 49ers (1988–1990) and the Los Angeles Rams (1991)
- Charles Clay Helton (b. 1972), American former football player and current head coach of the USC Trojans football team
- Percy Alfred Michel Helton (1894-1971), American film and television actor
- John Helton (b. 1947), American former defensive lineman in the CFL
- Raymond C. Helton, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1948
- Roy Helton (1886-1977), American poet
- Michael Helton (b. 1953), American president of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
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The Helton 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.