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Smail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Smail was derived from the Old English word "smael" and the Middle English word "smel" which both mean "small, slender, thin" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Early Origins of the Smail family


The surname Smail was first found in Derbyshire at Smalley, a chapelry, in the parish of Morley, union of Belper, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, early records of the name are scattered throughout England: William Smale was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcester in 1275; Alexander le Smele was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1221; and William le Smale was listed in 1294. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following entries: Robert le Small in Huntingdon; and Henry Smale in Cambridgeshire. Later Willelmus Smale was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, and in 1468, Thomas Smale was listed as rector of Lerling in Norfolk. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the Scottish connection to the name. "A deed of 1283 runs in the name of 'Oliverus et Ricardus Smally prepositi et ceteri prepositi ac cives Glasguenses congregati in placitis burgi que tenebantur apud Glasgu.' " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
At about the same time, Ricardus Smaley witnessed a sale of land in Glasgow, c. 1280-90.


Early History of the Smail family


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Smail Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Smale, Smail, Smalley, Smaley and others.

Early Notables of the Smail family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Smail family to Ireland


Some of the Smail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Smail family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William J. Smail, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Mrs. Henry Smail, aged 36, who arrived in America from Kent, in 1896

Smail Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Smail, aged 50, who arrived in America from London, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Smail, aged 39, who arrived in America from Galashiels, Scotland, in 1907
  • James C. Smail, aged 27, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • William Smail, aged 23, who arrived in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • Isabella Smail, aged 26, who arrived in America from Birkenhead, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Smail (post 1700)


  • Thomas "Tom" Allan Smail (1928-2012), Scottish theologian
  • David Smail (b. 1938), British clinical psychologist
  • Douglas Dean Smail (b. 1957), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey left winger from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • David Smail (b. 1970), New Zealand professional golfer

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Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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