Search for content in message boards

Isbell - Spanish?

Replies: 12

Re: Isbell - Spanish?

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 9:52AM GMT
Classification: Query

History And Origin

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Inc. © 2006 Patrick Hanks
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
IsbellKarr 22 Oct 2012 12:00PM GMT 
dreamersrose 5 Nov 2012 10:02PM GMT 
IsbellKarr 6 Nov 2012 12:25AM GMT 
IsbellKarr 10 Nov 2012 4:52PM GMT 
Bobeyeon 2 Jan 2013 2:54PM GMT 
IsbellKarr 3 Jan 2013 12:20AM GMT 
Bobeyeon 3 Jan 2013 6:14PM GMT 
IsbellKarr 3 Jan 2013 9:51PM GMT 
Bobeyeon 4 Jan 2013 1:15AM GMT 
IsbellKarr 4 Jan 2013 12:55PM GMT 
per page

Find a board about a specific topic

  • Visit our other sites:

© 1997-2014 Ancestry.com | Corporate Information | Privacy | Terms and Conditions