The name Isles is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived on an island. The surname Isles is derived from the Old French word isle,
which means island
and has become the modern French word île.
The surname Isles 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 Isles may also be a patronymic
surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon
personal names Æl
Early Origins of the Isles family
The surname Isles 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 Isles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isles 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 Isles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isles Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Isles has been spelled many different ways, including Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Isles 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... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isles family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Isles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- George Isles, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Joseph Isles, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mary Isles, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750