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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Robert Smedley (b. 1963), American former professional wrestler
Agnes Smedley (1892-1950), American journalist and writer
Mason O. Smedley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924, 1928 
Harold Hinsdill Smedley (1893-1980), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1925-26 
Frederic C. Smedley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1946 
Annette Smedley, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 14th Circuit; Elected 2012 
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
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