The name Isly is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived on an island. The surname Isly is derived from the Old French word isle,
which means island
and has become the modern French word île.
The surname Isly 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 Isly may also be a patronymic
surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon
personal names Æl
Early Origins of the Isly family
The surname Isly 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 Isly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isly 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 Isly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Isly Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Isly are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Isly include: Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Isly 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 Isly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isly family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Isly or a variant listed above: John Eels who purchased land in New England
in 1620. William Eels landed in Virginia in 1739. George Eyles made his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754. Other Eyles family members settled in Pennsylvania in later years..