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About the study
The goal of the Ismay One Name Study (ONS) is to trace all occurrences of the name Ismay and variants, develop family trees and histories, publish the results and deposit the findings in international and national libraries for the benefit of other family historians both in the present and future.
An added secondary benefit is providing a forum for family historians to discover more about their own personal ancestors, their characters, hopes, dreams and have a lot of fun doing it.
The Ismay One-Name study was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1994.
History of the name
Reaney states that the equation of the earliest example of Isemay is in 1227 Assize Rolls for Buckinghamshire.
Some notable Ismay's include the Reverend Joseph Ismay of Mirfield Yorkshire who left a legacy of detailed diaries concerning life in 18th century England. Lord Hastings Ismay, who was Churchhill's main liaison between the himself and Chief of Staffs and first Secretary General of NATO and off course Thomas Henry and Joseph Bruce Ismay who owned and operated the White Star Line which owned the Titanic