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Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name Smalls evolved there as a nickname for a person who was small in stature. Smalls is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Smalls derived from the Old English word smal, which means narrow, thin, or small, and referred to a person who was of slender build, or of small stature. This surname was established in Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region), prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Smalls Early Origins



The surname Smalls was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where Richard Small was the Canon of Glasgow in 1329.

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Smalls Spelling Variations


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Smalls Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Smalls has been spelled Small, Smalle, Smal and others.

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Smalls Early History


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Smalls Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smalls research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1329, 1326, 1407, 1447, 1503, 1625, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Smalls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smalls Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smalls Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smalls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smalls In Ireland


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Smalls In Ireland



Some of the Smalls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Smalls were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Smalls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Smalls, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1892

Smalls Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Roscoe C. Smalls, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, in 1902
  • George Smalls, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • H Smalls, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1924
  • Henry Smalls, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smalls (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smalls (post 1700)



  • Fred Smalls (b. 1963), former American football linebacker
  • Cliff Smalls (1918-2008), born Clifton Arnold, an American jazz trombonist, pianist, conductor and arranger
  • Charlie Smalls (1943-1987), African-American Tony Award winning composer and songwrite
  • Robert Smalls (1839-1915), African American slave who freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship and sailing it to freedom beyond the Federal blockade
  • Robert Smalls (1839-1915), American Republican politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1868; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1870
  • Marva Smalls, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from South Carolina, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2008
  • Jeroline E. Smalls, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000 (alternate)
  • Betty L. Smalls, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • Joan Rodriguez Smalls (b. 1988), Puerto Rican fashion model

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ratione non ira
Motto Translation: By reason, not by rage.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Smalls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smalls Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2015 at 10:47.

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