This surname was of the locational group of surnames of Helion Bumstede, a spot in County Essex, which was held by a Tihel de Helion. who came into England with William the Conqueror in 1066. He originally came from Hellean a place in Normandy, and was known locally as Tihel 'the Breton'. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village or place where he lived. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. This is the the earliest of the name recorded. The name is also spelt HELLION, ELLING and HELLON. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Helenam (without surname) who appears in Yorkshire in the year 1204, and Robert Helene was documented in 1275 in County Worcestershire. John Elion owned land in Essex and was recorded in 1327, and Robert atte Hellengs appears in the same year. Willelmus Hellon of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Later instances of the name mention John Payne and Hannah Helin who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1669, and Thomas Ellin and Ann Cadby were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1791.
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