name Smailwod comes from the family having resided 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 Smailwod family
The surname Smailwod 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 Smailwod family
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Smailwod Spelling Variations
Smailwod has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Smallwood, Smalwood, Smalewood and others.
Early Notables of the Smailwod 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 Smailwod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Smailwod family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Smailwods to arrive on North American shores: 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.