The ancient Scottish name Smorth is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Smorth was a name for a smithy.
Although Smorth 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, Smorth is a classic example of a polygenetic surname
that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Smorth family
The surname Smorth was first found in northern England
, 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.
Early History of the Smorth family
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Smorth Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Smorth has been spelled Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.
Early Notables of the Smorth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smorth family to Ireland
Some of the Smorth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Smorth family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Smorth: 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.
The Smorth Motto
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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