England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on 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 Smallpeece family
Cheshire where the name is believed to be descended from the Lords of Malpas, of the great northern earls.
Early History of the Smallpeece family
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Smallpeece Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Smallpeece has been recorded under many different variations, including Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smallpeece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smallpeece family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Smallpeeces were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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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