The ancient name of Athersmithy finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who made arrows, or more specifically the maker of the iron tips for arrows.
Early Origins of the Athersmithy family
The surname Athersmithy was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Athersmithy family
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Athersmithy Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Athersmithy family name include Arrowsmyth, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmythe, Arrowsmithe and others.
Early Notables of the Athersmithy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Athersmithy family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Athersmithy surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Elizabeth Arrowsmith who settled in America in 1718; followed by John in 1734; and Martha in 1737; Thomas Arrowsmith settled in Virginia in 1670; Daniel Arrowsmith settled in Savanna, GA. in 1865..