The English surname Helton is an habitational name from Helton in Cumbria, named in Old English probably with helde ‘slope’ + tun ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’, or possibly a variant of Hilton. In the United States this is a common name in TN, KY, OH, TX, and GA. The name is first recorded in Cheshire in the 11th Century. The name is first recoded in the New World in 1715 when Jane Helton arrived in Virginia from England. Today there are approximately 25,000 bearers of the name Helton living in the United States.