The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete in which 85,000 shields of Arms are included in this works. Registered in Austria. English and French surname was originally from a Germanic female personal name composed of the elements IS (ice) and HILD (battle, strife). The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the forms ISEULT and ISOLDE. The popularity of the various versions of the legend of Tristan and Isolde led to widespread use of the given name in the Middle Ages. The name is also spelt IZZARD, IZZETT, IZATT, ISSARD, ISSETT, EISOLDE and EISELT. The earliest of the name recorded was ISELDIS (without surname) who was documented as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. YSOUDE (without surname) appears in County Norfolk in the year 1186, and HYSODE is found in early documents in 1200, County Yorkshire. John Isot was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Thomas Isolde, was recorded in County Lancashire in 1400. Richard Stack and Miriam Izard who were married in Canterbury in the year 1661. George Liddell married Rachel Izatt, 1666 ibid. Thomas Izzard married Elizabeth Fesson at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1670. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed.
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