The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Smalpeace family name to the British Isles. Smalpeace 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 Smalpeace family
The surname Smalpeace 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 Smalpeace family
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Smalpeace Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smalpeace family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smalpeace family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Smalpeace 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.