Helyar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Important Dates for 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

In England 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

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