The name Isambard is Germanic in origin and comes from the Norman language. The meaning of Isambard is 'iron-ax' or 'iron-bright', and it is composed of two parts- isarn, which means steel or iron, and barda, meaning broad ax or biart-r, meaning bright or glorious. combining these two elements gives the name Isambard, which was a fitting name for the warriors of that time. The name was mostly given to boys, who would grow to become ax-wielding warriors of the land. Due to its meaning and origin, it is considered to be quite an old-fashioned name and is not observed commonly nowadays. The name was quite popular in Europe until the 19th century, however, its use has declined dramatically with people choosing to name their children more modern names. One of the most famous holders of the name is probably the English civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was one of the heavyweights behind the 19th-century Industrial Revolution.