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Where did the German Smith family come from? What is the German 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?

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Smith include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

First found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smith research. Another 361 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1564, 1618, 1630, 1648, 1708, 1752, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1787, 1815, 1817, 1837, 1838, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1875, 1876, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Smith History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Smith were

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


Smith Settlers in 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 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 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
  • Mark Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliz Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Dennis Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Brantford Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750


Smith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jas Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Mich Haydon Smith, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Michael Hayden Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Neil Smith, who landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • And Smith, who landed in Canada in 1813


Smith Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Miss M A Smith, who landed in St 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


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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  • 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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  • 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 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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