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The name Smathers is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a smith or smitty (blacksmith). During the Middle Ages smiths were important for their skill in making horseshoes, ploughshares as well as swords, other weapons and armour. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Smathers Early Origins



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

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Smathers Spelling Variations


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Smathers Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Smathers are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Smathers include Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

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Smathers Early History


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Smathers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smathers research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smathers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smathers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smathers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smathers 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Smathers or a variant listed above: George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652; Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smathers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smathers (post 1700)



  • William Howell Smathers (1891-1955), American Democrat politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in New Jersey, 1922; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Atlantic County, 1935-37
  • George Armistead Smathers (1913-2007), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Florida, 1951-69
  • Bruce Armistead Smathers (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Florida, 1975-78 ; Candidate in primary for Governor of Florida, 1978
  • James Field Smathers (1888-1967), American inventer of the first practical power-operated typewriter in 1920
  • William Howell Smathers (1891-1955), United States Senator from New Jersey from 1937 to 1943
  • George Armistead Smathers (1913-2007), American lawyer and politician who represented Florida in the United States Senate (1951-1969), eponym of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida and Smathers Beach, Key West, Florida
  • Bruce Armistead Smathers (b. 1943), American Secretary of State of Florida (1975-1978)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Smathers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smathers 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 9 December 2015 at 17:33.

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