The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Smeilie is a nickname
for a for a person noted for their smile, or happy personality. Smeilie is thus, a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Smeilie comes from the Old English word, smile,
which means grin.
Therefore, the surname Smeilie would have been adopted by someone with a distinct smile, or grin.
Early Origins of the Smeilie family
The surname Smeilie was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times as Lords of the manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Smeilie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smeilie research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1774, 1795, 1787, 1697, 1763, 1740, 1795, 1630, 1670, 1660, 1689, 1968 and are included under the topic Early Smeilie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Smeilie Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Smeilie has appeared in various documents spelled Smiley, Smellie, Smyly, Smyley, Smilley, Smilie and many more.
Early Notables of the Smeilie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smeilie family to Ireland
Some of the Smeilie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 313 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Smeilie family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John and Jane Smiley who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763 with their children Margaret and Robert; William Smilie settled in Charles Town in 1756.
The Smeilie Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Industria virtus et fortitudo
Motto Translation: Industry, valor, and fortitude.