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Early Origins of the Smedley family

The surname Smedley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1307 when Richard de Smethley held estates.

Early History of the Smedley family

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Smedley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smedley, Smedlie, Smethlie, Smethley and others.

Early Notables of the Smedley family (pre 1700)

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Smedley Ranking

In the United States, the name Smedley is the 8,242nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Smedley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smedley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Baptist Smedley, who arrived in New England in 1639 [2]
  • Baptiste Smedley, who landed in Massachusetts in 1639 [2]
  • John Smedley, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [2]
Smedley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Smedley, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]

Australia Smedley migration to Australia +

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

Smedley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Smedley, a brick-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Smedley, (b. 1805), aged 21, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 12th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he die din 1864 [3]
  • John Smedley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • CArrington Smedley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Smedley (post 1700) +

  • Robert Smedley (b. 1963), American former professional wrestler
  • Agnes Smedley (1892-1950), American journalist and writer
  • Mason O. Smedley, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924, 1928 [6]
  • Harold Hinsdill Smedley (1893-1980), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1925-26 [6]
  • Frederic C. Smedley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1946 [6]
  • Annette Smedley, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 14th Circuit; Elected 2012 [6]
  • Edward Smedley (1788-1836), English miscellaneous writer, second son of the Rev. Edward Smedley by his wife Hannah
  • Francis Edward "Frank" Smedley (1818-1864), English novelist, born at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on 4 Oct. 1818, the only son of Francis Smedley (1792–1859) of Grove Lodge, Regent's Park, high bailiff of Westminster
  • John Smedley (1803-1879), English industrialist and philanthropist
  • Oliver Smedley MC (1911-1989), English businessman and activist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Rose Smedley (1862-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]

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  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 28th January 2021 from
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from
  7. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook