This extraordinary name has a famous association. It is a derived dialectal form of the Old German "Eisenhower, Eisenhauer, or Eisenhouwer", which translates as "a worker in Iron" from the elements "Isen" (iron) plus "houwaere" - which means a worker but translates literally as to cut or hammer. The name is recorded heraldically from Nuremburg as Eisenhofen of Eysenhover, the Coat of Arms being silver horse shoes on a gold bend, surrounding a black field. It is a curiosity of history that Robert Fulton Isenor served against Germany in the first world war, whilst his son Gerald Robert Isenor served in the second world war landing in France on "D" day, June 6th 1944 under the command of General Dwight D.Eisenhower who later became President of America. The recordings include Mary-Ann Isenor who married Richard Levey on November 11th 1850, at Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of George Isener, which was dated April 25th 1759, christened at Lulenburg, Germany, during the reign of Emperor Francis 1 of the Holy Roman Empire, 1745 - 1765. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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