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

In ancient Scotland, the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use the name Smoot. It was a name for a smithy. Although Smoot 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, Smoot is a classic example of a polygenetic surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

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The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Smoot has been spelled 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smoot 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 Smoot History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Smoot 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.

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This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Smoot:

Smoot Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Smoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

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  • George Fitzgerald Smoot III (b. 1945), American astrophysicist and cosmologist awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Reed Owen Smoot (1862-1941), American elected to the United States Senate
  • Fredrick "Fred" Duayne Smoot (b. 1979), American football defensive back
  • Homer Vernon Smoot (1878-1928), American professional baseball player
  • Oliver Reed Smoot Jr. (b. 1940), Chairman of the American National Standards Institute
  • Abraham Owen Smoot (1815-1895), American Mormon pioneer
  • Jeanne J. Smoot, American Republican politician
  • Jason Smoot (b. 1980), American sprinter
  • olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57545">Clement Eyer Smoot (1884-1963), American winner of an Olympic gold medal for golf at the 1904 games


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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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  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Smoot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smoot 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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