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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Isham surname lived in the parish of Isham in the county of Northampton near Kettering.

Isham Early Origins



The surname Isham 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. [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The local church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.

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Isham Spelling Variations


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Isham Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Isham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Isham include: Isham, Ison, Isom, Ipsam and others.

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Isham Early History


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Isham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isham 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 Isham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Isham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Isham Early Notables (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 Isham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Isham or a variant listed above:

Isham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Isham, who was on record in Virginia in 1626
  • Dan and Roger Isham, who both arrived in Virginia in 1629
  • Robert Isham, who came to Virginia in 1635, at age 14
  • Robert Isham, aged 14, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Roger Isham, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
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Isham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Reverend Charles Isham, who arrived at the Port of Charleston in Feb. 1825, aboard the Brig "Pomona"
  • M Isham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Isham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Isham (post 1700)



  • Norman Morrison Isham (1864-1943), American architectural historian, restorationist, and professor at Brown University
  • Mark Isham (b. 1951), American trumpeter, synthesist, and Academy Award-nominated film music composer
  • Samuel Isham (1855-1914), American portrait and figure painter
  • Sir Charles Edmund Isham (1819-1903), English nobleman, 10th Baronet Isham of Lamport, Northampton
  • Sir Ian Vere Gyles Isham (b. 1923), High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1958, 12th Baronet Isham of Lamport

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Isham Historic Events


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Isham Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Ann Elizabeth Isham (d. 1912), aged 50, American First Class passenger from Chicago, Illinois who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Isham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Isham 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.

This page was last modified on 28 September 2016 at 18:33.

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