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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Irysh family come from? What is the English Irysh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Irysh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Irysh family history?

The roots of the distinguished surname Irysh are Old French, the language spoken by the conquerors who came to England in 1066. The name is derived from "Ireis," meaning "Irish," and denotes someone who comes from Ireland.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Irysh has been recorded under many different variations, including Irish, Irishe, Ireys, Irysh, Iris and others.

First found in Shropshire, where the first bearers of the name settled. The earliest known bearer of the name was Richard Ireis, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire in 1169.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irysh research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Irysh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Irysh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Irysh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Irysh or a variant listed above: Jone Irish, who immigrated to Virginia in 1653; John Irish, who sailed to Barbados in 1669; George Irish, who arrived in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1679.

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The Irysh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Irysh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 March 2014 at 14:43.

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