Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Smaillpege name is derived from the name of the great northern family of the Lords of Malpas. The name first became Smalpas and further changed over time.
Early Origins of the Smaillpege family
Cheshire where the name is believed to be descended from the Lords of Malpas, of the great northern earls.
Early History of the Smaillpege family
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Smaillpege Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smaillpege family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smaillpege family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Smaillpege or a variant listed above: Lawrence Smallpage, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Richard Smallpass, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1750; John Smallpiece, who came to Maryland in 1671.
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