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  • Amanda Isbell (1861 - 1937)
    Amanda “Manda” Brasher Isbell BIRTH 1861 DEATH 1937 (aged 75–76) BURIAL Dunnavant Community Cemetery Dunavant, Shelby County, Alabama, USA MEMORIAL ID 44625243 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 1 FLOW...
  • Ann Isbell (c.1620 - 1689)
    Ann Wells, age 23, is listed as a passenger on the Defiance. Robert Isbell may have arrived also on the Defiance. That is why some sources believe Ann Isbell, wife of Robert, was Ann Wells. ---------...
  • Chauncey Albert Isbell (1775 - 1864)
  • Chauncey Isbell (1752 - 1777)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for CONNECTICUT with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor #: A060637 Born July 10, 1752 in Milford, Connecticut to Israel Isbell and Sarah Tibbals. He died April 177...
  • Clarissa "Clarkey" Isbell (1798 - 1860)
    Clarissa “Clarky” Isbell BIRTH 1798 South Carolina, USA DEATH 1860 (aged 61–62) BURIAL Isbell Family Cemetery Oconee County, South Carolina, USA MEMORIAL ID 69715963 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS ...

About the Isbell surname

Recorded as Isabell, Isbell and Isbill, this interesting surname is of early medieval English origin. It is one of a handful of surnames which were derived from the name of the first bearer's mother. In this case the derivation is from the female given name "Isabel", a variant of Elizabeth. Isabel (without surname) is noted in the register of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk (1141). When, in the early 13th Century, the French King Philippe-Auguste married Elisabeth of Hainault, he asked her to adopt the name "Isabella", which she did, thus making it a popular name throughout Europe. The surname is first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below), and can also be found as Isabel and Isbill. William Isabel is noted in the 1275 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, and John Isbell is listed in the 1379 Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire. Recordings of the surname from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Ann Isbell and Thomas Brickell, on November 16th 1617, at St. Antholin's, Budge Row; and the christening of Richard, son of Richard and Mary Isbell, on September 28th 1690, at St. Andrew's, Holborn. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Isabelle, which was dated 1202, in the "Early Charters of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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