Hi, I am from Barbados, but I live in Virginia now. The last time I was back in Barbados (1998), I started to do a genealogy search as to where my maiden-surname came from.
As you can see, I spell it with 2 L's: Heallis. When is was looking at the death and birth certificates, going backwards from my deceased great-grandfather, I found out that the name somehow got erroneously changed from Healis to Heallis some generations back.
Also, there is a racial split which either follows or coincides with that error. All of the Heallis members (all 20ish of us are related on the first level) are "black", whereas the few Healis members still on the island are either white or "half-white". I know that the first person with the Healis name in Barbados was white, but with slavery and the mixing of races, that changed. My great-grandfather was "half-white".
I didn't have the time to research more as the records office was closing and I was leaving to return to the U.S. (coincidently, Philadelphia) the very next day. But, when I get back there in 2001, doing more research is one of my main priorities.
So, are all or most of the Healis members white?? Do you know were the first Healis in Barbados came from?... It didn't say where he came from in the records, and I assumed he migrated there by travelling on a ship.