Isle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Isle comes from the family having resided on an island. The surname Isle is derived from the Old French word isle, which means island and has become the modern French word île. The surname Isle belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the name Isle may also be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal names Æl or Æthel.
Early Origins of the Isle family
The surname Isle was first found in Somerset 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 Isle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isle research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1683, 1745, 1713, 1727, 1727, 1734, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Isle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isle Spelling Variations
Isle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Isle family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Eyles, Lord Mayor of London; John Eyles (died 1703), of Great St. Helens, London and Southbroom, near Devizes, Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1679; Sir Francis Eyles, 1st Baronet (died 1716), Governor of the Bank of England; and his son, Sir John Eyles, 2nd Baronet (1683-1745) of Gidea Hall, Essex, a British financier. He served as a director of the Bank of...
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Isle migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Isles to arrive on North American shores:
Isle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Isle, who landed in Virginia in 1652 
Isle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Isle, aged 15, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720 
Contemporary Notables of the name Isle (post 1700) +
- David C. Belle Isle, American politician, Mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia; Elected 2011
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)