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Where did the English Smerdon family come from? What is the English Smerdon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Smerdon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Smerdon family history?The name Smerdon comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as smeart which meant that the original bearer was quick and active. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Nickname surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Smerdon has undergone many spelling variations, including Smart, Smert, Smarte, Smartt and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smerdon research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1422, 1488, and 1612 are included under the topic Early Smerdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Smerdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Smerdon were among those contributors: John Smart who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; another John settled in Jamaica in 1670; another John settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants and brother Samuel also settling with his wife, child, and servants.
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: Virtus pre nummis
Motto Translation: Virtue is preferable to money.
The Smerdon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smerdon 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.
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