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CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 6/10/2016
Meaning & History
From a short pet form of the personal name Isenhart
, from Old High German isan
‘iron’ + hart
‘hardy’, ‘strong’. From Isenlin
, a compound of Middle High German isen
‘iron’ + the hypocoristic suffix -lin
, hence a nickname for a blacksmith, ironworker, or dealer in iron.