The name Hyssmay is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name Ismay.
The surname Hyssmay 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 Hyssmay family
The surname Hyssmay 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 Hyssmay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyssmay research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1610 and 1952 are included under the topic Early Hyssmay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hyssmay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hyssmay has been spelled many different ways, including Ismaye, Ismay, Ysmay, Ysmaye, Hysmaye, Hyssmay, Hyssmaye, Hismay and many more.
Early Notables of the Hyssmay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hyssmay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hyssmays to arrive in North America: A. Hysmay landed in America in 1802.
The Hyssmay 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