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Smallwood is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Smallwood family once lived in the township of Smallwood in the parish of Astbury in the county of Cheshire. Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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The surname Smallwood was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat, at Smallwood, in the parish of Astbury, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Smallwood family name include Smallwood, Smalwood, Smalewood and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smallwood research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1465, 1519, 1489, 1557 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Smallwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Smallwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Smallwood surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Smallwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Randall Smallwood, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Rendall Smallwood, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Smallwood, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Hester Smallwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Mathew Smallwood settled in Virginia in 1652
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Smallwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Smallwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

Smallwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Smallwood, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Henry Smallwood, who landed in Mississippi in 1858

Smallwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Smallwood, ancestor of Joey Smallwood settled at Prince Edward Island in 1783
  • Mr. William Smallwood U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 165 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA

Smallwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles S Smallwood, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • David Smallwood was a trader at Ship Island, BonaVista Bay, Newfoundland, in 1871

Smallwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Smallwood, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Smallwood, aged 41, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • George Smallwood, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • John Smallwood, aged 12, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Smallwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Smallwood landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
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  • Thomas Smallwood (b. 1977), American PBA ten-pin bowler
  • Walter Clayton Smallwood (1893-1967), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played 192 games from 1913 to 1931
  • Norma Descygne Smallwood (1909-1966), American model, Miss America 1926
  • Richard Smallwood (b. 1948), American Gospel music artist, founder of The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977
  • Walter Smallwood, American Republican politician, Postmaster at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1868-69
  • Samuel N. Smallwood, American politician, Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1819-22, 1824
  • John C. Smallwood, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Gloucester County, 1845-48
  • James L. Smallwood, American politician, Mayor of Wabash, Indiana, 1952-55
  • G. T. Smallwood Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1964
  • William Smallwood (1732-1792), American politician, Member of Maryland State Senate, 1791-92
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  • The Smallwood Family of Maryland and Virginia by Mildred A. McDonnell.
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    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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