Hello Issett researchers.I am new to this board and am really not sure if I should be looking here for our family (Issertell/Issartell), but on a recent trip I found a "Surname Research" shop (history not genealogy research) and found the following information.(Please bare with me....this is "word for word" what was printed out for us and is a bit long.)Does anyone have any idea if Issertell and Issett are linked together and if so, where are you finding the name at in Europe.Our Issertells (Issartells) only go back to 1850 in the US and prior to that we have no clue where to look.We always thought they were of German or French decent, but after reading this (below) we don't know anymore.... ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Issertell
The English surname Issertell also Issett and its variants Issitt, Issott, Isard and Isat is of kinship orgin.Kinship names derive from family.As children grew it was not unusual to refer to them by the name of the parents.We find the Scandinavian 'sen', the English 'son', the Greek 'Pulor', the Finnish 'nen' and the Spanish 'ez' all mean son.The Irish 'O' indicates the name of the grandfather or earlier ancestor.In this case the names means 'the son of Izod or Ysolt' or "Isolda' and is derived from a Germanic female personal name composed of the elements 'is' meaning ice and 'hild' meaning battle, strife and was introduced into England by the Normans in the forms 'Iseu(l)t and Isolde'.The popularity of the various versions of the legend of Tristan and Isolde from an episode of Authur's Court led to the widespread use during the Middle Ages of this personal name.
Early records of the surname Issertell or a variant date to the late 13th century when Richard filius isolda of Lincolnshire and Roger filius Isolde of Huntingdonshire appear in the Hundred Rolls of 1273AD.The Hundred Rolls, which until the 19th century, was a unit of English Government detailing citizens of a given area.This system of local legal jurisdiction was introduced by King Edmund I (939-946AD).A century later, Matilda filius Isolde, Johannes Isaude and Johannes Isot are mentioned in the Poll Tax of yorkshire in 1379.The Poll Tax, otherwise known as Octroi, was a tax levied by local authorities or communes on certain goods which entered the precincts of their authority.This form of tax was intorduced in early Roman times.More recently, from church records of St. James, Clerkenwell, we find the marriage of Anne Issolde and John Thomas in 1588 and in 1625 Joane isard applied for a marriage licence with Thomas Hebblethwaite in London.