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The origins of the Smart surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who was referred to as smeart which meant that the original bearer was quick and active. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Nickname surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.

Smart Early Origins



The surname Smart was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Smart Spelling Variations


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Smart Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Smart has been spelled many different ways, including Smart, Smert, Smarte, Smartt and others.

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Smart Early History


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Smart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smart research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1422, 1488, and 1612 are included under the topic Early Smart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smart Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Smarts to arrive in North America:

Smart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Smart who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas and Richard Smart settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Rich Smart, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Jon Smart, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • William Smart settled in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert, Smart Jr., who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Samuel Smart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Sarah Smart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Smart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Smart, who landed in America in 1805
  • Robert Smart, who landed in New York in 1809
  • Walter Smart, aged 45, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Smart, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Mr. Smart, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • A. Smart settled in Placientia, Newfoundland in 1724 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Samuel Smart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Smart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Amos Smart settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1810 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • H Smart, who arrived in Montreal in 1832
  • Henry Smart, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • George Smart was a planter of Catalina, Newfoundland in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Smart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Smart, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Henry Smart, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Richard Smart arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • William Smart arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • Ann Smart arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Smart landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • H.D. Smart landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Smart landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • James Smart, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Smart, aged 49, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smart (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smart (post 1700)



  • Shaka Smart (b. 1977), American college basketball coach
  • Torrold "Rod" Smart (b. 1977), former professional American football player
  • Jonathan Keith Smart (b. 1964), retired American basketball player and the current head coach for the Sacramento Kings
  • Jean E. Smart (b. 1951), American film, television, and stage actress
  • Keeth Thomas Smart (1978-2008), American silver medalist sabre fencer at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Erinn Smart (1980-2008), American fencer, member of the United States Fencing Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Richard Palmer Kaleioku Smart (1913-1992), American musical theatre actor and singer who became owner of the largest private ranch in Hawaii
  • Harry P. Smart, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District; Elected 1938; Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council 1st District, 1949-51
  • Herbert Ivan Smart, American politician, Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 1934-37
  • J. Guy Smart, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Durham; Elected 1938; Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council 2nd District, 1949-51
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Smart Historic Events


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Smart Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Arthur Thomas Smart (1885-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. George Smart (1864-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie E V Smart (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harold Smart, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942
  • Mr. Smart, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Mercer Smart, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Montgomery Smart (d. 1912), aged 56, English First Class passenger from Kildale, North Yorkshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Smart


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Suggested Readings for the name Smart



  • The Descendants of William Smart, Sr., 1720-c1795 by Larry E. Burgess.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus pre nummis
Motto Translation: Virtue is preferable to money.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 24 July 2016 at 18:45.

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