Smeaton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Smeaton family

The surname Smeaton was first found in Midlothian at Smytheton, now named Smeaton [1] or in the North Riding of Yorkshire at either Great Smeaton, Kirk Smeaton or Little Smeaton. [2]

Early History of the Smeaton family

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Smeaton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smeaton, Smeeton, Smitten, Smitton, Smeton, Smithton and many more.

Early Notables of the Smeaton family (pre 1700)

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United States Smeaton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smeaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marmaduke Smeaton, who settled in Virginia in 1685
Smeaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Smeaton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [3]
  • William Smeaton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892 [3]

Australia Smeaton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Smeaton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Smeaton, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Smeaton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Mary ANn Smeaton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]

New Zealand Smeaton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Smeaton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Smeaton, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [6]
  • Mrs. Christiana Smeaton, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [6]
  • Robert Smeaton, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873 [7]
  • James M. Smeaton, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873 [7]
  • William Smeaton, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Smeaton (post 1700) +

  • John Smeaton FRS (1724-1792), English civil engineer, often regarded as the "father of civil engineering"
  • John Smeaton QGM (b. 1976), Scottish baggage handler who assisted police during the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack
  • Cooper Smeaton, Canadian professional NHL ice hockey referee and coach
  • Bruce James Smeaton (b. 1938), Australian composer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 6th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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