The history of the family goes back to
the 17th century; the oldest known ancestor Heinrich
Hellenthal was born approximately between 1675 and 1690 in Bleibuir
which is in the German Eifel.
The origin of the name is connected to
the same named town of Hellenthal which lies close to Bleibuir.
As the German Eifel is situated between
different border-lines to Belgium, Holland, France, Austria and
Switzerland, parts of the family was already connected early to
other countries. One of the sons of Heinrich even settled overt to
USA, where the family continued to grow and distributed up to
Later parts of the family settled over
to the river Rhine to the city Duesseldorf, but came back to the
Eifel and the city of Aachen.
Johann-Paul Hellenthal, born in 1833 was
married to Franziska Emilie Chevrolet who was born in France.
Her family origin was from Switzerland,
but later they came to France and they owned some cotton spinning
Therefore the armiger chose the
wind-rose as a symbol for the distribution of the family in all
directions, but also as a leading device back home.
The globe symbolizes the
internationality of the family and stands for the travelers of them.
But it also reflects the profession of some of the family which has
The Southern Cross symbolizes the
armiger’s connection to Brazil as his wife, Pollyana Maffra Martins
Hellenthal, comes from Brazil. Both live in Brazil and both were
founders of the family’s coat of arms.
The colours gold and black reflect those
of the German Nations of the Holy Roman Empire, which connects the
Latin country Brazil with Germany, as both founders of the coat of
arms are Latin and German.
The name “Hellenthal” translated means
as much as “bright-valley”. The gold represents the “bright”, and
the abased barrulet stands for the “valley”, joining double flanks
and forming an “H” for the families’ name.
All symbols in the achievement are
nautical, showing the profession of the founder of the coat of arms
as a Captain of a worldwide trading ship.