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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

Similar surnames: Bell, Oswell, Asbell, Isabell, Rishell, Sell, Idell, Isabella

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Isbell Ethnicity Estimate

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Isbell Family Origin

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Isbell Family Occupations

What did your Isbell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Isbell family was Agrucult Labourer. Agricult Labourer, Flour Miller Master and Agriclt Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Isbell. The most common Isbell occupation in the UK was Agricult Labourer. 13% of Isbell's were Agricult Labourers.

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  • Agricult Labourer

  • Flour Miller Master

  • Agriclt Labourer

  • Agrucult Labourer


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Isbell Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Isbell Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Isbell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Isbell in 1942 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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