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|Jacqueline||Report||14 May 2003 07:06|
Whilst on holiday three years ago in Scotland, I visited a heraldric shop. I had my surname, Hellawell, researched. The name is a northern name, probably orginating from Lancashire. It means 'holywell'. The earliest record of the name is in the first people census of 1273, a Adam de Holywell. The spelling of Hellawell is an unsual varient of the more common Halliwell. I found it really interesting, so hope you do too. My father's family orginate from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, although they are now scattered far and wide.