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

The name Isaacs is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Isaac. The surname Isaacs referred to the son of Isaac which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Isaacs include Isaacs, Isaac, Isaack, Isaacson, Izacke and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isaacs research. Another 282 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, and 1358 are included under the topic Early Isaacs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Isaacs Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Isaacs, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Jacob Isaacs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692

Isaacs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Abraham Isaacs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1741
  • David Isaacs, who landed in Virginia in 1791

Isaacs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gabriel Isaacs, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Morris Isaacs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Isaacs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S Isaacs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Isaacs, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1854


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  • Kenneth Isaacs, American Banker
  • Rufus Isaacs GCB, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, PC, KC (1860-1935), 1st Marquess of Reading, an English lawyer, jurist and politician
  • Susan Sutherland Isaacs CBE (1885-1948), English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • Bernard Isaacs, British Physician
  • Avrom Isaacs (b. 1926), Canadian art dealer
  • Erwin Isaacs (b. 1986), South African footballer
  • George Isaacs (1883-1979), British politician and trades unionist
  • Gregory Isaacs (b. 1951), Jamaican reggae musician
  • Iorrie Isaacs (1911-1966), Wales international rugby player
  • Sir Isaac Isaacs (1855-1948), Australian politician, jurist and Governor-General


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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Isaacs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Isaacs 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.

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