Isham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Isham family

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] [2]

The place name literally means "homestead by the River Ise," having derived from the Celtic river-name + the Old English "ham" or "hamm." [3] The local church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.

The earliest record of the family was found here "where an elder branch of the existing family, Isham of Lamport, were seated soon after the Conquest." [4]

Later, Henry de Isham was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northamptonshire in 1206. [5]

Early History of the Isham family

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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.

Early Notables of the Isham 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 of Lamport, best known for his diary which he wrote from 1671-1673 of his observations as a teenage member of the English aristocracy; Sir Justinian Isham II (1658-1730), 4th Baronet of Lamport, Member of Parliament; Sir Justinian Isham (1687-1737), 5th Baronet of Lamport; Sir Edmund Isham (1690-1772), 6th Baronet of...
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Isham Ranking

In the United States, the name Isham is the 6,222nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

United States Isham migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 settled in Virginia in 1635, at age 14
  • Robert Isham, aged 14, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Roger Isham, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [7]
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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 [7]

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
  • Sir Randolph Isham Routh (1785-1858), English Commissary-General in the army, son of Richard Routh, Chief Justice of Newfoundland, born at Poole, Dorset
  • Robert Isham Randolph, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1938 [8]
  • Isham Russell "Rusty" Jones II (1942-2015), American jazz drummer
  • Isham Reavis (1836-1914), American jurist, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Arizona Territory (1869-1872)
  • Isham Nicholas Haynie, American lawyer, politician, soldier and officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War

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 [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Orville Adalbert Isham, American Chief Gunner's Mate-Assigned from Hawaii, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [10]

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  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ 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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  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook