Usage Medieval English
Other Forms FormsYsemay, Ysmay, Ismay, Isamaya, Hyssmaye
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 2/28/2010
Perhaps from a hypothetic Germanic name like *Ismegi or *Ismagi, *Ismagin, which would mean "iron strength" from isan, itself from îsarn "iron" (see Isanbrand; however, the first element could also be îs "ice") combined with magan "strength, might". Isemay was first recorded in England around the 13th century.