The name Smailewoit is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the township of Smallwood in the parish of Astbury in the county of Cheshire
names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Smailewoit family
The surname Smailewoit was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
, at Smallwood, in the parish of Astbury, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Smailewoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smailewoit research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1465, 1519, 1489, 1557 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Smailewoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Smailewoit Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Smailewoit are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Smailewoit include: Smallwood, Smalwood, Smalewood and others.
Early Notables of the Smailewoit family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Smallwood (1465-1519), English father of John Smallwood (1489-1557), who changed his name to John Winchcombe II and had the nickname
Jack O'Newbury; he was one of the... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smailewoit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Smailewoit family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Smailewoit or a variant listed above: Randall Smallwood, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Samwell and Martha Smallwood settled in Maryland in 1699; Randolph Smallwood settled at the Delaware River in 1685.