Izard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Izard began when it was derived from The surname Izard is a patronymic surname, that is, derived from an ancestor's given name. Patronymic surnames belong to the category of hereditary surnames, and they arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. In this case, family tradition has it that the name is derived from the name Isolde, the wife of Tristram, nephew of the King of Cornwall, of the great Arthurian legends. According to the family tradition, Tristram escaped to Brittany, where he married Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany. Their tragic love affair became the subject of the opera Tristan and Isolde by Wagner. On the other hand, it seems more likely that the name is derived from the Old German word ishild, which meant ice battle.
Early Origins of the Izard family
The surname Izard was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, being granted lands in that shire soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Traditionally, the family was descended from Isolde, daughter of the Duke of Brittany in the fifth century who later became the wife of Tristram, of the great Arthurian legends, nephew of the King of Cornwall. Tristram escaped to Brittany and their tragic love affair became the subject of an opera by Wagner.
Early History of the Izard family
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Izard Spelling Variations
The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Izzat, Izat, Izatt, Issard, Isoed, Izzatt, Izzard, Izod, Essarts, Isett and many more.
Early Notables of the Izard family (pre 1700)
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In France, the name Izard is the 3,181st most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Izard family to Ireland
Some of the Izard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Izard migration to the United States +
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Izard were among those contributors:
Izard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Izard, who landed in Maryland in 1665 
- Ralph Izard, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1682 
- Ralph Izard of London, England, who settled in Charleston, South Carolina in 1682
Izard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Abraham and Ann Izard, who settled in Virginia in 1756
- Jean Izard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 
Izard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Izard, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820
Contemporary Notables of the name Izard (post 1700) +
- Ralph DeLancey Izard (1785-1822), United States Navy officer, eponym of the destroyer USS Izard (DD-589)
- Mark Whitaker Izard (1799-1866), American politician, 3rd Governor of the Nebraska Territory
- Stephanie Izard (b. 1976), American chef from Stamford, Connecticut
- Carroll Ellis Izard (b. 1924), American psychologist, known for his contributions to Differential Emotions Theory (DET)
- George Izard (1776-1828), French-born, American General in the United States Army during the War of 1812, 2nd Governor of Arkansas Territory (1825-1828)
- Ralph Izard (1742-1804), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1782-83; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1789-95 
- Mark Whitaker Izard (1799-1866), American politician, Member of Arkansas State Senate; Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives; Governor of Nebraska Territory, 1855-57 
- Charles Beard Izard (1829-1904), New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament for Wellington South and Suburbs (1887-1890)
- Georges Izard (1903-1973), French politician, lawyer, journalist and essayist
- Charles Hayward Izard (1860-1925), New Zealand Liberal Party Member of Parliament for Wellington North (1905-1908)
Related Stories +
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- ^ 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, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html