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Origin Displayed: Scottish

Origins Available: Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scottish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.

First found in northern England and Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rich Smith, who settled in Virginia in 1638; Abbigall Smith, who was granted land in Virginia in 1673; James Smith and his wife Mary, who immigrated to Boston in 1718 with their children, Abel Smith, who came to Boston in 1763.

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Suggested Readings for the name Smith
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.

Some noteworthy people of the name Smith
  • 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

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Learn More About Scottish Surnames


THE SCOTTISH CLANS

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.

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MAC, MC PREFIX

Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames frequently have the prefix Mac or Mc. When these surnames were originally developed, they were formed by adding the Gaelic word mac, which means son of, to the name of the original bearer's father. For example, the surname MacDougall literally means son of Dougal. In later times, these prefixes were also added to the occupation or nickname of the bearer's father. For example, MacWard means son of the bard and MacDowell means son of the black stranger.

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THE PICTS

The Picts were a mysterious warrior people of ancient Britain. According to tradition, the Picts migrated from the shores of Brittany around the 15th century BC. They sailed northward to Ireland, but were refused permission to settle there by the ancient kings of that land. However, the Picts were granted permission to settle in the northeastern part of Scotland on the condition that each Pictish king marry an Irish princess, thus providing the Irish with a colony whose rulers were of royal Irish blood. This Pictish settlement was ruled by a matriarchal hierarchy unlike any other form of government in British history.

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THE REGIONS OF SCOTLAND

BORDERS

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SCOTLAND: THE BOERNICIANS

The Boernicians, who were a mixture of Scottish Picts, Angles, and Vikings, were one of the ancient clans of the Scottish-English borderlands. Considered to be the ancient founding peoples of the north, the Boernicians inhabited the tract of rugged territory that stretches from Carlisle in the west to Berwick in the east. In the 4th century, Scotland was composed of five different kingdoms, which were each home to a different race: the Gaels, Vikings, Picts, Britons, and Angles all held land, each had their own realm.

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THE VIKINGS

The Vikings, a Scandinavian people of astounding vitality, first began their invasion of Scotland in 794. However, the first wave of mass Viking migration occurred around 888, when King Harold of Norway defeated an unruly faction of northern clans who then abandoned their homeland. In search of a new place to live, they migrated to the sea-swept Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland under the leadership of their chief, Earl Sigurd. This settlement was permitted by the Scottish king and the kings of the Isle of Man, who allowed the Viking exiles to make their homes in the Orkney and Shetland Islands in return for a payment of 20,000 shillings.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Many people wonder which spelling of this Scottish name is the older. The quick answer is Stewart. The line of Stewart monarchs of Scotland began in 1371, descending from the union of Marjorie, daughter of King Robert the Bruce and Walter, the 6th High Steward of Scotland. Mary, Queen of Scots was born in 1542, a few days later her father died and she became infant Queen of Scotland.

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SCOTLAND

The long history of the lands of the northern third of Great Britain has been violent and often tragic. The castles and ruins, the songs and the legends tell Scotland's tale. It is the harshness of its history and the ruggedness of its land that have shaped its proud inhabitants. How the country came to be, and evolved, has long taxed the minds of many historians.

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KINGS AND QUEENS OF SCOTLAND

Fergus Mor c.500-501
Domangart mac Fergus 501-507
Comgall mac Domangart 507-538
Gabhran mac Domangart 538-558
Conall mac Comgall 558-574
Aedan mac Gabhran 574-608
Eochaid Buide 608-629
Connad Cerr 629
Domnal Brecc the Freckled 629-642
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STRATHCLYDE BRITONS

Considered to be one of the founding peoples of the north, the Strathclyde Britons were of Celtic descent and were divided into three sub-kingdoms. The Selgovae dwelled north of the Clyde, while the Novantii lived in Galloway in the southwest of Scotland. The Rhiged lived in what later became the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire in England.

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SEPTS OF SCOTLAND

Scottish Clans also contained septs or branches, which were founded when powerful or prominent clansmen established their own important families. Clans often had many septs that were often related through marriage. During difficult times, the families sought to ally themselves with larger more powerful clans for protection from enemies and other feuding clans alike. This practice, which often included paying homage to the Clan Chief at important events was effective in building respect, devotion and familiarity between different families within the same clan.

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