The origins of the Isken name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Isham in the county of Northampton
Early Origins of the Isken family
The surname Isken 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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.
Early History of the Isken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isken research.Another 104 words (7 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 Isken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isken Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Isken were recorded, including Isham, Ison, Isom, Ipsam and others.
Early Notables of the Isken 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... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isken family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Isken family emigrate to North America:
Isken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maria Isken, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Isken (post 1700)
- Eduard Isken, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 56 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross