The ancestors of the bearers of the Issown family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the parish of Isham in the county of Northampton
Early Origins of the Issown family
The surname Issown 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 Issown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Issown 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 Issown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Issown 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 Issown include Isham, Ison, Isom, Ipsam and others.
Early Notables of the Issown 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 Issown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Issown 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 Issown or a variant listed above: Henry Isham, who was on record in Virginia in 1626; Robert Isham, who came to Virginia in 1635, at age 14; Dan and Roger Isham, who both arrived in Virginia in 1629.