The name Smalpas was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes 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 Smalpas family
The surname Smalpas 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 Smalpas family
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Smalpas Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smalpas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smalpas family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Smalpas or a variant listed above: 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.