The ancestors of the Smalpage family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from 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 Smalpage family
The surname Smalpage was first found in Cheshire
where the name is believed to be descended from the Lords of Malpas, of the great northern earls.
Early History of the Smalpage family
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Smalpage Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smalpage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smalpage family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Smalpage or a variant listed above:
Smalpage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Lawrance Smalpage, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)