Isabella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Isabella family

The surname Isabella was first found in Oxfordshire where Walter Ysabelle as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same roll listed: John Isabell in Norfolk; and Walter filius Isabell in Lincolnshire. [1] The name is thought to have originated for the personal name "Isabella, a pet form of Elizabeth, which seems to have developed in Provence. " [2] Other early rolls revealed William Isabel in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275 while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Ricardus Deyne et Isabella uxor ejus; Matilda Isebell; Johannes Issebell; and Johannes Isbell. [1]

Important Dates for the Isabella family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isabella research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Isabella History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Isabella Spelling Variations

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 Isabella have been found, including Isabell, Isbell, Ysbell, Ysabell, Ysabelle and others.

Early Notables of the Isabella family (pre 1700)

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Isabella migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Isabella Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Roy Isabella, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Isabella (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Isabella Spence (1768-1832), Scottish authoress, born Dunkeld, only child of Dr. James Spence, a physician at Dunkeld
  • Frances Isabella Haselden (1842-1936), English-born, New Zealand headmistress
  • Lenora Isabella Crichlow (b. 1985), English actress, known for her starring roles as Maria "Sugar" Sweet in Sugar Rush, Annie Sawyer in the drama series Being Human and as Shania Andrews in the drama film Fast Girls
  • Lady Ritchie Anne Isabella Ritchie (1837-1919), née Thackeray, an English writer, eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Agnes Isabella Blenkinship, English recipient at the 1991 New Year Honours
  • Zoë Isabella Kravitz (b. 1988), American actress, singer and model, known for her roles in No Reservations (2007), The Brave One (2007), and X-Men: First Class (2011), daughter of Lenny Kravitz
  • Lucy Isabella Buckstone (1859-1893), English actress
  • Isabella Acres, American child actress
  • Isabella Escobar (b. 1992), Guatemalan tennis player
  • Isabella Howard Paul (1833-1879), English actress and vocalist from Dartford, Kent; she made her first appearance on the London stage as Isabella Featherstone in March 1853


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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