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Where did the English Smallwood family come from? What is the English Smallwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Smallwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Smallwood family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smallwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

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

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


  • William Smallwood (1732-1792), American planter, soldier and politician, Major General in the Continental Army and Governor of Maryland (1785-1788)
  • Tucker Smallwood (b. 1944), American actor, author and vocalist
  • Richard Smallwood (b. 1948), American Gospel music artist, founder of The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977
  • Norma Descygne Smallwood (1909-1966), American model, Miss America 1926
  • Walter Clayton Smallwood (1893-1967), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played 192 games from 1913 to 1931
  • Thomas Smallwood (b. 1977), American PBA ten-pin bowler
  • Richard Smallwood (b. 1990), English footballer from Redcar, England
  • Roderick Charles "Rod" Smallwood (b. 1950), English music manager, best known as the co-manager of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden
  • Edward Smallwood (1861-1939), English coal merchant and Liberal Party politician
  • Joseph Roberts "Joey" Smallwood PC, CC (1900-1991), Newfoundland politician, the first Premier of Newfoundland, "the last Father of Confederation," famous for bringing the Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949



  • The Smallwood Family of Maryland and Virginia by Mildred A. McDonnell.

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The Smallwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smallwood 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.

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