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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isaacson research. Another 282 words (20 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.


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


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, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Gustavo Isaacson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1869
  • Eason Isaacson, who landed in Arkansas in 1882
  • Julius Isaacson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894
  • 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Amilia Isaacson, aged 3, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • ...

Isaacson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Isaacson, aged 30, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Isaacson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

  • 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)
  • 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 (b. 1920), 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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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Isaacson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Isaacson 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.

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