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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.

Isherwood Early Origins



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.

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Isherwood Spelling Variations


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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.

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Isherwood Early History


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Isherwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isherwood research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isherwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Isherwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Isherwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Isherwood 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



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 settled in New England in 1703

Isherwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Isherwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Isherwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Thomas Isherwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Richard Isherwood, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870
  • James Isherwood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • ... (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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Isherwood (post 1700)


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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-)
  • 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
  • Geof Isherwood (b. 1960), Canadian painter and comics artist for Marvel Comics
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Isherwood Historic Events


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Isherwood Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

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

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Isherwood Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    11. ...

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

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