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The surname Isbell 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.  The name is thought to have originated for the personal name "Isabella, a pet form of Elizabeth, which seems to have developed in Provence. "  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. 
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Isbell include Isabell, Isbell, Ysbell, Ysabell, Ysabelle and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isbell research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Isbell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Isbell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Isbell or a variant listed above:
Isbell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Isbell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Isbell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Isbell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Isbell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Isbell 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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