Smalpeece is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought to England
. 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 Smalpeece family
The surname Smalpeece 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 Smalpeece family
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Smalpeece Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smalpeece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smalpeece family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Smalpeece name or one of its variants: 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.