All this certainly indicates a Celtic origin for the name. They never consummate the marriage because of Tristan's love for Iseult of Ireland. Another intriguing link to the syllu theory is the Tristan Stone, a 6th century inscribed pillar in Cornwall. The name flourished in the 12th century; Redmonds even ranks it as the 27th most popular name in England from 1377-81, which he classifies in the "quite popular" range. Several spellings are in record including Isolde, Iseuda, Isott, Isowde, Iseuda, Ysolt, Ysoude and Ysout. Her name is variously given as Iseult, Isolde, Yseult, Ysolt, Isode, Isoude, Iseut, Isaut (Old French), Iosóid (Irish), Esyllt (Welsh), Isolda (Spanish), Isotta (Italian). In the 20th century, Isolde and Isolda became the more common forms of the name, while Isott, Izet etc fell out of use. The name Isolde is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "ice ruler". The legend of Tristan and Iseult (Isolde) is one of the most popular Arthurian legends. The French spelling Iseult and Latin Isolda became used occasionally in the latter half of the century. Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well. After King Mark learns of the secret love affair between Tristan and Iseult, he banishes Tristan to Brittany, never to return to Cornwall. In the prose versions, the lovers' end comes when Mark finds them as Tristan plays the harp for Iseult beneath a tree. Further evidence of the name's popularity can be found in the many surnames that derived from it, including Issard, Issott, Izzett, Izzard, Izant, Izod, Issitt, Isard and Issolt. The oldest source, Béroul's 12th-century romance, spells her name as Yseut or Iseut. Her mother, the queen of Ireland, is also named Iseult. * Tristan und Isolde (1857–59), an opera by Richard Wagner. These variants continued to be the most common form of the name in Britain into the 19th century. K.M.Sheard proposes that the name could be from the Welsh is "under" (*f–ssu in Proto-Celtic) and allt "hill" (*alto in Proto-Celtic), though she prefers the idea that the 'e' in Esyllt represents *weso "excellent". The Cornish form of the name is Eseld/Eselt, while its Old Welsh cognate is Esyllt. } However, Tristan is too weak to look out his window to see the signal, so he asks his wife to check for him. Lancelot gives them refuge in his estate Joyous Garde, and they engage in many further adventures. Iseult, Yseult, (Medieval) Esyllt (Welsh), Eseld (Cornish), Isotta (Italian), Izolda (Polish), Maeve     Eleri     Amabel     Bronwen     Xanthe     Rosalind Gawain     Thurstan    Fintan     Ivo    Alden     Leif, Medieval Favourites   Demi-Gods and Mortals of Mythology   Names from Tennyson, If you like Isolde you may also like:  Idony, Olwen, Viola, Igraine, Zelda, Sabina, Orla, Ismene, Livia, Ginevra. } else { Main History: * Esyllt verch Cynan (fl.800), daughter of the king of Gwynedd and mother of the next king Merfyn Frych. var url = document.URL; In medieval Arthurian legend Isolde was an Irish princess betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. Furthermore, the earliest example we have of the name in use is in Wales. The 1841 census lists 145 women with the name (Isott, Izott, Iset, Isette, Izat etc), the majority living in Somerset and Devonshire. The form Is' appears in several records but is is difficult to determine whether Isolde or Isabel was meant. Other writers derive it from a Brythonic *Adsiltia, "she who is gazed upon." The most prominent is Iseult of Ireland, the wife of Mark of Cornwall and the lover, later, the wife of Tristan. Isolde continued to be used through the 16th century, though not quite as universally as previously. On the journey back to Cornwall, Iseult and Tristan accidentally drink a love potion prepared for her and Mark by Iseult and guarded by Brangaine, Iseult's lady-in-waiting. | UK Birth Announcements 12/8/13 - 18/8/13 ». *, Another tantalising theory for Esyllt lies with the Middle Welsh word syllu meaning "stare, gaze" (sello in Cornish and sellout in Breton). The oldest source, Béroul's 12th-century romance, spells her name as Yseut or Iseut. It is possible that the name is ultimately Germanic, perhaps from a hypothetic name like Ishild, composed of the elements is "ice, iron" and hild "battle".

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