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The origins of the Isley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived on an island. The surname Isley is derived from the Old French word isle, which means island and has become the modern French word Óle. The surname Isley 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 Isley may also be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal names ∆l or ∆thel.

Isley Early Origins



The surname Isley 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.

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Isley Spelling Variations


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Isley 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 Isley were recorded, including Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.

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Isley Early History


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Isley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isley research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Isley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Isley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Isley Early Notables (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...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isley 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



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 Isley family emigrate to North America:

Isley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Isley, who landed in Iowa in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Isley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Isley (post 1700)



  • Phyllis Isley (1919-2009), original name of Jennifer Jones, American Academy Award winning actress
  • Vernon Isley (1942-1955), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • Rudolph Isley (b. 1939), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • Ronald Isley (b. 1941), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • O'Kelly Isley Jr. (1937-1986), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • Marvin Isley (1953-2010), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • Ernie Isley (b. 1952), American musician and member of the The Isley Brothers
  • Ernie Isley, Canadian politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Isley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Isley 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 January 2014 at 14:14.

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