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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.

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The surname Smith was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elinor Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • John William 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
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Smith Settlers in 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
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Smith Settlers in 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

Smith Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Peter Smith, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1689

Smith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Constantine Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Smith, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • James Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mark Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Martha Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Smith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Michael Hayden Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • James Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • James Smith, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • John Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
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Smith Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss M A Smith, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Smith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Smith, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Jarvis Smith, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Smith, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Smith, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Smith, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Smith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Smith landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • William Smith landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Abram Smith landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R H Smith landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • C.B. Smith landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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  • William Raymond "Will" Smith III (1981-2016), American NFL football defensive end, Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
  • Debbie Smith (1956-2016), American politician, Member of the Nevada Senate (2012-2016)
  • Andrew Smith (1990-2016), American basketball player who played in two NCAA Final Fours during his career at Butler
  • Thomas Joel "Tom" Smith (1947-2015), American politician from Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • Glee Sidney Smith Jr. (1921-2015), American politician, Member of the Kansas Senate (1957-1973)
  • William Jay Smith (1918-2015), American poet, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970
  • Samuel Jesse Smith (1926-2014), American Navajo soldier, code talker during WWII
  • Patrick D. Smith (1927-2014), American three-time Pulitzer Prize nominated and five-time Nobel Prize for Literature nominated author
  • Quentin Smith (1919-2013), American military pilot (Tuskegee Airmen), Congressional Gold Medal recipient (2006) and teacher
  • James Smith (1719-1806), of Pennsylvania, one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence
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Smith Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Scott John Smith (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Louisville, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Rex V Smith (b. 1949), American Sergeant 1st Class from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Clinton Duane Smith (b. 1966), American Private from Conyers, Georgia, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Thomas E Smith (b. 1965), American Private 1st Class from Brooksville, Florida, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Smith, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Harry Smith, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Thomas John Smith, British Baker from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Walter Beaumont Smith, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Albert E. Smith, British Engineer ex Empress of Asia from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Annie  Smith (1860-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Kenneth H  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Agnes  Smith (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harold Francis  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Cunard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Bertha  Smith (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Thomas Smith (1874-1914), English Miner from England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. Robert Smith (1885-1914), Scottish Miner from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Roy Somerville Smith (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald George Singleton Smith (1921-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Thornbury, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Douglas William Charles Smith (1917-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William Harrison Randall Smith (1913-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class from East Richmond, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Edward Frederick Smith (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. William G Smith (b. 1901), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Walter H Smith (b. 1920), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Smith (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas N Smith (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Odiham, Hants, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Stephen R Smith (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Wilkinson Smith, British Lieutenant Instructor, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Smith, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Smith, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan
  • Mr. Smith, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Walter Smith, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Smith, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking but died later in December 1941
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • James Alvin Smith (1933-1988), American Passenger from New York, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Mary Edna Smith (1954-1988), American Army Sergeant from Kalamazoo, Michigan, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Cynthia Joan Smith (1967-1988), American Student from Milton, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Ingrid Anita Smith (1957-1988), English Chiropodist from Berkshire, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Jessie Smith, American 1st Class Passenger from Braceville, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Mr. William Smith, English First Waiter from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Thomas Smith, English Intermediate 2nd Engineer from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Peter Smith, English Master-at-Arms from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Oliver Barrow Smith, English Ship's Cook from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Richard "Jago" Smith (d. 1912), aged 35, English Postal Clerk from Truro, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Edward Smith (d. 1912), aged 38, English Bed Room Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CGS Montmagny
  • Miss Katherine E. Smith, aged 42, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in a life boat
  • Mr. Ernest George Smith (d. 1912), aged 27, English Chief Electrician from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James M. Smith (d. 1912), aged 35, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • 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.
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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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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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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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    Other References

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    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. 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.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    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.

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