The name Helwell is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived near a holy spring having derived from the Old English terms halli,
which meant holy, and welle,
which meant spring. There are several place-names that are also derived from these words, including Halliwell in Lancashire
, Holwell in Dorset
, and Holywell and Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Helwell family
The surname Helwell was first found in Lancashire
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 Helwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helwell research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1535, 1548, 1564, 1649, 1686 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Helwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Helwell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Helwell family name include Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.
Early Notables of the Helwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Oibert Halliwell of Halliwell; and Edward Halliwell, English fellow of King's College, Cambridge from 1535 to 1548 who wrote the lost tragedy, Dido, which was performed before Queen Elizabeth I during her royal visit to the university on 7 August 1564. John Holwell... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Helwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helwell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Helwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Richard Halliwell settled in New York State in 1774.