Heylin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The illustrious surname Heylin is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Heylin is a place-name from in Devon. Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon. The name could also have been a baptismal name derived from the son of Heilin.
Early Origins of the Heylin family
The surname Heylin was first found in Brittany, where Hillion, near Saint-Brieux, was the birthplace of Herve d'Helion, a companion of William the Conqueror who was awarded a barony and lands in Devon. It is there that the family established its family seat at Ashton and Credy-Helion.
Important Dates for the Heylin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heylin research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1190, 1273, 1562, 1631, 1600 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Heylin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heylin Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Heylin, Heylen, Haylin, Hayling, Heylins, Heylens and many more.
Early Notables of the Heylin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heylin family to Ireland
Some of the Heylin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heylin migration to the United States
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Heylin, or a variant listed above:
Typical Heylin Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Heylin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Heylin, who landed in Maryland in 1658 
Heylin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Barbara Heylin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
- Barbara Heylin, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 
Contemporary Notables of the name Heylin (post 1700)
- Greg Heylin, former Visiting Research Fellow at The Policy Institute of the University of Dublin and a current Research Associate of the Institute
- Clinton Heylin, writer of musician biographies
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