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Ismay is a name of 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.

Ismay Early Origins



The surname Ismay was first found in 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.

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Ismay Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ismay Early History


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Ismay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ismay research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1610 and 1952 are included under the topic Early Ismay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ismay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ismay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ismay 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



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

  • A. Ismay, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1893
  • J. Bruce Ismay, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897

Ismay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James H Ismay, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Ethel Ismay, aged 30, who landed in America from Eckington, England, in 1908
  • Joseph Bruce Ismay, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1908
  • Julia F. Ismay, aged 39, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • Geo. Bruce Ismay, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ismay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ismay (post 1700)



  • William Alfred Ismay MBE (1910-2001), English librarian, writer and collector
  • Margaret Ismay, English opera singer active in the 1900s
  • Thomas Henry Ismay (1837-1899), English founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line, father of Joseph Bruce Ismay
  • Kim Ismay (b. 1961), British actress, singer and dancer and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • General Hastings Lionel Ismay KG, GCB, CH, DSO, PC (1887-1965), 1st Baron Ismay, British soldier and diplomat, 1st Secretary General of NATO (1952-1957)

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Ismay Historic Events


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Ismay Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Bruce Ismay (1862-1937), aged 49, English First Class passenger and Managing Director of the White Star Line of steamships from Liverpool, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat C

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. 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.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Ismay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ismay 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 11 April 2014 at 13:01.

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