Isaacson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Isaacson is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Isaac. The surname Isaacson 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.

Early Origins of the Isaacson family

The surname Isaacson was 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.

Important Dates for the Isaacson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isaacson research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, and 1358 are included under the topic Early Isaacson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Isaacson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Isaacson have been found, including Isaacs, Isaac, Isaack, Isaacson, Izacke and others.

Early Notables of the Isaacson family (pre 1700)

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Isaacson migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Isaacson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Isaacson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Isaacson, aged 28, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • Gustavo Isaacson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1869 [1]
  • Eason Isaacson, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 [1]
  • Julius Isaacson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894 [1]
  • And. Isaacson, aged 18, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
Isaacson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aaron Isaacson, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Abraham Isaacson, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Bessie Isaacson, aged 26, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Celena Isaacson, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Amilia Isaacson, aged 3, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Isaacson migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Isaacson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Isaacson, aged 30, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Isaacson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Isaacson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Isaacson, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Isaacson (post 1700)

  • Walter Isaacson FRSA (b. 1952), American writer and journalist, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
  • Henry Thorpe Beal Isaacson (1898-1970), American leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1970
  • Megan Isaacson, American Gospel Music Association Award winning Christian and Gospel singer
  • Jacob Isaacson (1911-1980), American composer and musician
  • Douglas W. "Doug" Isaacson (b. 1957), American politician, Member of the Alaska House of Representatives (2013-), Mayor of North Pole, Alaska (2006-2012)
  • Clayton M. Isaacson, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • James Isaacson (b. 1980), English rugby union footballer from Easington, County Durham who played from 1998 to 2007
  • Peter Stuart Isaacson AM, DFC, AFC, DFM (1920-2017), English-born, Australian publisher of the Southern Cross and the Sunday Observer in Melbourne and decorated military pilot who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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