Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Ismay. The surname Ismay referred to the son of Ismay which belongs to the category of metronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Ismay family
Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ismay family
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Ismay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ismay have been found, including Ismaye, Ismay, Ysmay, Ysmaye, Hysmaye, Hyssmay, Hyssmaye, Hismay and many more.
Early Notables of the Ismay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ismay family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Ismay, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Ismay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ismay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ismay (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Ismay family
The Ismay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Naturae lex processus
Motto Translation: Nature's law proceeds
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