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The history of the name Essery began when it was derived from The surname Essery is a patronymic surname, that is, derived from an ancestor's given name. Patronymic surnames belong to the category of hereditary surnames, and they arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. In this case, family tradition has it that the name is derived from the name Isolde, the wife of Tristram, nephew of the King of Cornwall, of the great Arthurian legends. According to the family tradition, Tristram escaped to Brittany, where he married Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany. Their tragic love affair became the subject of the opera Tristan and Isolde by Wagner. On the other hand, it seems more likely that the name is derived from the Old German word ishild, which meant ice battle.

Essery Early Origins



The surname Essery was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, being granted lands in that shire soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Traditionally, the family was descended from Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany in the fifth century who later became the wife of Tristram, of the great Arthurian legends, nephew of the King of Cornwall. Tristram escaped to Brittany and their tragic love affair became the subject of an opera by Wagner.

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Essery Spelling Variations


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Essery Spelling Variations



There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Izzat, Izat, Izatt, Issard, Isoed, Izzatt, Izzard, Izod, Essarts, Isett and many more.

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Essery Early History


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Essery Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Essery research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1569, 1577, 1599, 1695, and 1785 are included under the topic Early Essery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Essery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Essery Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Essery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Essery In Ireland


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Essery In Ireland



Some of the Essery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Essery arrived in North America very early:

Essery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elen Essery, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Grace Essery, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Ada Essery, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1895

Essery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Henry Essery, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • William Alfred Essery, aged 16, who landed in America from Bristol, England, in 1911
  • Catherine Essery, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1921
  • Herbert Essery, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1923

Essery Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Gordon Essery, aged 25, who settled in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in 1916

Essery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Essery, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Essery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Essery (post 1700)



  • Robert J. "Bob" Essery, British railway modeller and historian, founding member of the LMS Society (1963)

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Essery Historic Events


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Essery Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Reginald Essery, British Ship Write 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Essery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Essery 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 1 March 2016 at 20:14.

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