Smathers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Smathers family
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.
Early History of the Smathers family
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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.
Early Notables of the Smathers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smathers family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Smathers (post 1700) +
- 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)
- 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 
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