Isom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Isom name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Isham in the county of Northampton near Kettering.
Early Origins of the Isom family
The surname Isom was first found in Northamptonshire at Isham, a Saxon village and civil parish that dates back to 974 when it was listed as Ysham. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to the present spelling of Isham.  
The place name literally means "homestead by the River Ise," having derived from the Celtic river-name + the Old English "ham" or "hamm."  The local church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.
The earliest record of the family was found here "where an elder branch of the existing family, Isham of Lamport, were seated soon after the Conquest." 
Later, Henry de Isham was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northamptonshire in 1206. 
Early History of the Isom family
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Isom Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Isom include Isham, Ison, Isom, Ipsam and others.
Early Notables of the Isom family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Gregory Isham of Orlingbury; John Isham (1582-1651), High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, created Baronet Isham of Lamport on 30 May 1627; Sir Justinian Isham (1610-1675), 2nd Baronet Isham, English scholar and royalist politician, who was a Member of Parliament; Sir Thomas Isham II (1656-1681), 3rd Baronet of Lamport, best known for his diary which he wrote from 1671-1673 of his observations as a teenage member of the English aristocracy; Sir Justinian Isham II (1658-1730), 4th Baronet of Lamport, Member of Parliament; Sir Justinian Isham (1687-1737), 5th Baronet of Lamport; Sir Edmund Isham (1690-1772), 6th Baronet of...
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Isom migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Isom or a variant listed above:
Isom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Isom, who landed in Virginia in 1656 
Isom migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Isom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Isom, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
Contemporary Notables of the name Isom (post 1700) +
- Mary Morlan "Mo" Isom (b. 1989), American former soccer player with the Louisiana State University Tigers, member of the United States National Team in 2009
- Cedric Wesley Isom (b. 1984), American two-time gold medalist basketball player
- Daniel Isom (b. 1966), American police officer, 33rd St. Louis Chief of Police (2008-)
- Jeff Isom (b. 1972), American manager of the Brevard County Manatees
- Carey Isom Selph (1901-1976), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1929 to 1932
- Daniel Isom Vanderpool (1891-1988), American minister and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene
- Isom H. Newby (b. 1853), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 6th District, 1893-94 
- Isom P. Langley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1886, 1890, 1890 
- Isom Clemon, American Democrat politician, Independent Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1968; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1972 
Historic Events for the Isom family +
- Mr. Luther James Isom, American Seaman First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html