The ancient surname Isitt came from The surname Isitt is a patronymic
surname, that is, derived from an ancestor's given name. Patronymic
surnames belong to the category of hereditary surnames
, and they arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local
language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne
(742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy
. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. In this case, family tradition has it that the name is derived from the name Isolde, the wife of Tristram, nephew of the King of Cornwall
, of the great Arthurian legends. According to the family tradition, Tristram escaped to Brittany
, where he married Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany
. Their tragic love affair became the subject of the opera Tristan and Isolde by Wagner. On the other hand, it seems more likely that the name is derived from the Old German word ishild,
which meant ice battle.
Early Origins of the Isitt family
The surname Isitt was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, being granted lands in that shire soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Traditionally, the family was descended from Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany
in the fifth century who later became the wife of Tristram, of the great Arthurian legends, nephew of the King of Cornwall
. Tristram escaped to Brittany
and their tragic love affair became the subject of an opera by Wagner.
Early History of the Isitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isitt research.Another 288 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1569, 1577, 1599, 1695, and 1785 are included under the topic Early Isitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isitt Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Izzat, Izat, Izatt, Issard, Isoed, Izzatt, Izzard, Izod, Essarts, Isett and many more.
Early Notables of the Isitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Isitt family to Ireland
Some of the Isitt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 100 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isitt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Isitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- F. W. Isitt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Isitt (post 1700)
- Kate Isitt, English actress
- Debbie Isitt, English director and writer
- Air Marshall Sir Leonard Isitt, Company Chairman, Wellington, New Zealand
- Rev Frank Isitt (1843-1916), New Zealand Methodist minister
- Sir Leonard Monk Isitt (1891-1976), New Zealand military aviator/administrator
- Rev Leonard Monk Isitt (1855-1937), New Zealand Methodist minister and politician
- Ben Isitt (b. 1978), Canadian historian
Historic Events for the Isitt family
- Mr. James Isitt, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html