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Isbell Family History

Isbell Name Meaning
English: from the female personal name Isabel(l)(a). This originated as a variant of Elizabeth, a name which owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the fact that it was borne by John the Baptist’s mother. The original form of the name was Hebrew Elisheva ‘my God (is my) oath’; it appears thus in Exodus 6:23 as the name of Aaron’s wife. By New Testament times the second element had been altered to Hebrew shabat ‘rest’, ‘Sabbath’. The form Isabella originated in Spain, the initial syllable being detached because of its resemblance to the definite article el, and the final one being assimilated to the characteristic Spanish feminine ending -ella. The name in this form was introduced to France in the 13th century, being borne by a sister of St. Louis who lived as a nun after declining marriage with the Holy Roman Emperor. Thence it was taken to England, where it achieved considerable popularity as an independent personal name alongside its doublet Elizabeth.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Isbell Families

  • Number of Isbell families
     68 - 134
     23 - 67
     1 - 22
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Isbell families
     36 - 70
     13 - 35
     1 - 12
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
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    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Isbell Family Origin

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Isbell Immigration Information

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Isbell Family Occupations

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