Isambard is a given name. It is Norman, of Germanic origin, meaning either "iron-bright" or "iron-axe". The first element comes from isarn meaning iron (or steel). The second element comes from either biart-r (bright, glorious) or from barđa (a broad axe). It was used by:
- Marc Isambard Brunel (1769–1849), French-born engineer
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859), British engineer, son of Marc Isambard Brunel
- Isambard Brunel Junior (1837–1902), son of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
- Sir Isambard Owen (1850–1927), British physician and university academic, son of an employee of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
- Harrison, Henry (1969). Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary (1918). p. 230. ISBN 978-0806301716.
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