The ancient roots of the Isens family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Isens comes from when the family lived in the parish of Isham in the county of Northampton
Early Origins of the Isens family
The surname Isens was first found in Northamptonshire at Isham, a Saxon village and civil parish that dates back to 974 when it was listed as Ysham. By the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place name had evolved to the present spelling of Isham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "homestead by the River Ise," having derived from the Celtic river-name + the Old English "ham" or "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.
Early History of the Isens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isens research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1582, 1651, 1627, 1610, 1675, 1656, 1681, 1671, 1673, 1658, 1730, 1687, 1737, 1690, 1772, 1697 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Isens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isens Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Isens has appeared include Isham, Ison, Isom, Ipsam and others.
Early Notables of the Isens family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Gregory Isham of Orlingbury; John Isham (1582-1651), High Sheriff
of Northamptonshire, created Baronet
Isham of Lamport on 30 May 1627; Sir Justinian Isham (1610-1675), 2nd Baronet
Isham, English scholar and royalist politician, who was a Member of Parliament; Sir Thomas Isham II (1656-1681), 3rd Baronet... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isens family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Isens arrived in North America very early: Henry Isham, who was on record in Virginia in 1626; Robert Isham, who came to Virginia in 1635, at age 14; Dan and Roger Isham, who both arrived in Virginia in 1629.