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
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "homestead by the River Ise," having derived from the Celtic river-name + the Old English "ham" or "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
church is an ancient edifice with a tower, and contains four Norman arches.
Early History of the Isom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Isom research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1582, 1651, 1627, 1610, 1675, 1656, 1681, 1671, 1673, 1658, 1730, 1687, 1737, 1690, 1772, 1697 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Isom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Isom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Isom family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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