Helyar is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Helyar family lived in Devon
. This name is, however, not a reference to that area, but to the family's place of residence prior to their emigration to England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066, St. Hellier, near Rouen, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Helyar family
The surname Helyar was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Helyar family
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Helyar Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Helyar include Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.
Early Notables of the Helyar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Helyar family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Helyars to arrive on North American shores: Isaac, John and Peter Hellier, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Marjorie, Mary, Robert, Thomas Hellier settled in Barbados between 1654 and 1684; Robert and Thomas Hellyer settled in Barbados in 1685..
Contemporary Notables of the name Helyar (post 1700)
- Alexandra Helyar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2012
The Helyar 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: Pro republica semper
Motto Translation: For the state always.