The Hismay family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Ismay.
The surname Hismay referred to the son of Ismay
which belongs to the category of metronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms 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
, 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
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 Hismay family
The surname Hismay was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hismay family
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Hismay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hismay include Ismaye, Ismay, Ysmay, Ysmaye, Hysmaye, Hyssmay, Hyssmaye, Hismay and many more.
Early Notables of the Hismay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hismay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hismay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: A. Hysmay landed in America in 1802.
The Hismay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Naturae lex processus
Motto Translation: Nature's law proceeds