Isherwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Isherwood surname is thought to come from the name of an unidentified place which experts theorize was named Usherwood and was in the English county of Lancashire. Thus, the surname Isherwood belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Isherwood family

The surname Isherwood was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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 Isherwood family

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Isherwood Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Isherwood name over the years has been spelled Isherwood, Usherwood and others.

Early Notables of the Isherwood family (pre 1700)

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United States Isherwood migration to the United States +

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Isherwood:

Isherwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Isherwood, who settled in New England in 1703
Isherwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Isherwood, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Isherwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]
  • Thomas Isherwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]
  • Richard Isherwood, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870 [1]
  • James Isherwood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Isherwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edmund Isherwood, aged 5, who immigrated to America from Kearsley, England, in 1906
  • Emma Isherwood, aged 31, who settled in America from Bolton, England, in 1906
  • Charles Isherwood, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1906
  • Abraham Isherwood, aged 30, who settled in America from Blackpool, England, in 1908
  • Alfred Isherwood, aged 22, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Isherwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Isherwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Isherwood, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Isherwood (post 1700) +

  • Charles Isherwood, American theater critic for the New York Times
  • Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (1904-1986), English novelist who emigrated to America where he was a close friend of Truman Capote
  • Benjamin F. Isherwood (1822-1915), U.S. ship's engineer and United States Navy admiral, eponym of the USS Isherwood (DD-284)
  • Mark Isherwood (b. 1959), Welsh politician, Shadow Minister for Social Justice, Equality and Housing (2007-)
  • Ms. Mary Sheila Isherwood O.B.E., British Headteacher for Camberwell Park School in Manchester, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs [3]
  • Annie Cecile Ramsbottom Isherwood (1862-1906), English Anglican nun and founder of the Community of the Resurrection of our Lord in Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Joseph William Isherwood (1870-1947), 1st Baronet, British naval architect who invented the Isherwood System of longitudinal construction of ships and the Arcform System
  • Jean de Courtenay Isherwood OAM, FRAS, AWI (1911-2006), Australian watercolour and oil painter
  • James Lawrence Isherwood (1917-1988), English impressionist/expressionist painter
  • George Isherwood (1889-1974), English rugby union player, member of the first official British Isles team in 1910
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Fred Isherwood, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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