Pronounced Pron. izəm-bahd
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Contributor Contrib.walesgal92 on 7/3/2010
The name Isambard is derived from the Old German name Isanbert, which was already common in the south-west of Germany before the 8th century, and means "glittering iron". As Isanbert, it came to England with the Anglo-Saxons, but fell out of favour after the Norman Conquest. It was briefly revived in the 19th Century as Isambard, but is rare today. The name is mainly synonymous with leading British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859).