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This English and French surname EISEY 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. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. 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. The lion depicted in the crest is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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