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Where did the Scottish Smith family come from? What is the Scottish Smith family crest and coat of arms? When did the Smith family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Smith family history?

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Smith family. It is a name for a smithy. Although Smith appears to be an occupational name for a blacksmith, it has been suggested that when surnames came into use in Scotland, several different families simply 'took on' the name whether they had been blacksmiths or not. Thus, Smith is a classic example of a polygenetic surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Smith has been written Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.

First found in northern England and Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. In trying to establish a single source for this amazing, monumentally prolific surname Smith, it is asserted that they descended from Neil Cromb, a Chieftain who flourished in 1150, third son of Murdoch, Chief of the Clan Chattan, a confederation of twenty-six Clans of which Smith was a member Clan. Faber and Ferro were Latin equivalents of the name Smith which were used in medieval documents. William faber de Karel witnessed legal proceedings c. 1250. William the Smith served as a juror during an inquest held at Traquair in 1274. In Aberdeen there lived an Alan Smyth in 1398. Finally, a Patrick Smyth of Scotland is noted as being confined in the Tower of London in 1401.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smith research. Another 479 words(34 lines of text) covering the years 1853, 1620, 1668, 1660, 1665, 1720, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Smith History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Smith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Smith:

Smith Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Osmond Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Austen Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1622-1623
  • Austin Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Osborne Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Osten Smith, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624

Smith Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Elinor Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Jno Willm Smith, aged 14, landed in New York in 1711
  • Crispianus Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Augustine Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Ambrose Joshua Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Smith Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles R Smith, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Jeremiah Smith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jenny Smith, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • M E Smith, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Matt Smith, who arrived in America in 1805

Smith Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Joe Smith, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Jens Nissen Smith, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914
  • Charles Victor Smith, who landed in Alabama in 1918
  • Christian Anholm Smith, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922
  • Agnes Sybil Smith, aged 26, arrived in Colorado in 1948


  • Howard Kingsbury Smith Jr. (1914-2002), American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, political commentator, and film actor
  • Captain (USN) Michael John Smith (1945-1986), American pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger which blew up shortly after launch
  • Stan Smith (b. 1946), American professional tennis player
  • General Walter Bedell Smith (1895-1961), U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1946 to 1948 and head of CIA from 1950 to 1953
  • Bessie Smith (1894-1937), American blues singer sometimes referred to as "The Empress of the Blues"
  • Clarence "Pinetop" Smith (1904-1929), American influential blues and boogie-woogie piano player
  • William Jay Smith (b. 1918), American appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970
  • Lamont Smith (b. 1973), American gold medalist in the men's 4x400 meter relay at the 1996 Olympic Games
  • Julie Smith (b. 1968), American softball player. She competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where she received a gold medal with the American team
  • Michele Mary Smith (b. 1967), American softball player and two time Olympic Gold Medalist



  • Andrew M. and O.S. Smith, Sons of Maine and Nebraska Homesteaders by Claude R. Wiegers.
  • Kinfolk of Henry Smith (1846-1887).
  • Pioneer Heritage: the Smith Family by Marguerite Esther Smith.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper Fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Smith
Smethe, Smethie, Smeths, Smette, Smettie, Smetts, Smith, Smithe, Smithie, Smiths, Smithy, Smorde, Smorth, Smorthe, Smorthy, Smyth, Smythe, Smythie, Smyths and more.


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  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Smith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smith Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 September 2014 at 14:47.

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