The name Iseke is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name Isaac.
The surname Iseke 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
, 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 Iseke family
The surname Iseke 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.
Early History of the Iseke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iseke research.Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, and 1358 are included under the topic Early Iseke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Iseke 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. Iseke has been spelled many different ways, including Isaacs, Isaac, Isaack, Isaacson, Izacke and others.
Early Notables of the Iseke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Iseke 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 Isekes to arrive in North America: Robert and Lucy Isaac settled in Savannah in 1821; William Isaac settled in Grenada in 1776; Rebecca Isaac settled in New England
in 1634; Jonas, William, Terry, Phillip Isaac all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Iseke (post 1700)
- Dr. Hermann Iseke (1856-1907), German doctor, pastoral minister and poet