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

The roots of the distinguished surname Iris are Old French, the language spoken by the conquerors who came to England in 1066. The name is derived from "Ireis," meaning "Irish," and denotes someone who comes from Ireland.

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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 Iris include Irish, Irishe, Ireys, Irysh, Iris and others.

First found in Shropshire, where the first bearers of the name settled. The earliest known bearer of the name was Richard Ireis, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire in 1169.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iris research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Iris History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Iris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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: Jone Irish, who immigrated to Virginia in 1653; John Irish, who sailed to Barbados in 1669; George Irish, who arrived in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1679.

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The Iris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Iris 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 11 March 2014 at 14:43.

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