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Origin and popularity of the name IZZARD


Izzard : English:: 1: from the Middle English and Old French female personal name Iseld Iseut Isalt Isaut Isolde Isoud a French adaptation of Old Cornish Eselt ‘looked up to admired’. Its currency in post-Conquest England derived from the legend of Tristan and Isolde Cornish versions of which gained huge popularity in medieval Europe through romantic retellings by German French and Anglo-Norman writers.2: from the Middle English female personal name Isot itself a pet form of Iseld Isold names formerly but incorrectly identified as a hypothetical ancient Germanic Ishild(is) developing to Isheld Ishaut and Isholt. The surname Izzard shows post-medieval substitution of -ard in the final syllable of Middle English Iso(u)d (see 1 above) or Isot influenced by the pattern of variation in names like Gillard Gillett and Gillott or Garrard Garrod and Garrett where in many instances the final -ard is original. Compare Ezzard Isard Isitt Izard and Izatt.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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