England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. 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 Smayllpadge family
Cheshire where the name is believed to be descended from the Lords of Malpas, of the great northern earls.
Early History of the Smayllpadge family
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Smayllpadge Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Smayllpadge include Smallpas, Smalepais, Smallpage, Smallpiece, Smallpeice, Smallpece, Smallpace and many more.
Early Notables of the Smayllpadge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smayllpadge family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Smayllpadges to arrive on North American shores: 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.
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