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The Hebrides islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name Smellie was born there, as a nickname for a for a person noted for their smile, or happy personality. Smellie 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 Smellie comes from the Old English word, smile, which means grin. Therefore, the surname Smellie would have been adopted by someone with a distinct smile, or grin.

Smellie Early Origins



The surname Smellie 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.

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Smellie Spelling Variations


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Smellie Spelling Variations



Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Smellie include Smiley, Smellie, Smyly, Smyley, Smilley, Smilie and many more.

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Smellie Early History


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Smellie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smellie 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 Smellie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smellie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smellie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smellie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smellie In Ireland


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Smellie In Ireland



Some of the Smellie 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Smellie or a variant listed above:

Smellie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Smellie settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768
  • Thomas Smellie settled in New York in 1774
  • Thomas Smellie, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1774

Smellie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Smellie, who arrived in New York in 1822

Smellie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ebenezer Smellie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Margaret Smellie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smellie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smellie (post 1700)



  • William Smellie FRSE, FSA (1740-1795), Scottish master printer, naturalist, antiquary, editor and encyclopedist, close friend of Robert Burns
  • Robert "Bob" Smellie (b. 1865), Scottish footballer
  • Hugh Smellie (1840-1891), Scottish engineer, Locomotive Superintendent of the Maryport and Carlisle Railway (1870-1878), Locomotive Superintendent of the Glasgow and South Western Railway (1878-1890), Locomotive Superintendent of the Caledonian Railway in 1890
  • Thomas Stuart Traill Smellie (1849-1925), Canadian physician, merchant and politician who represented Fort William in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1905 to 1911, father of Elizabeth Smellie
  • Robert Gordon Smellie (1923-2005), Canadian politician from Manitoba, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1959 to 1966
  • Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie RRC, C.B.E (1884-1968), Canadian army nurse, the first woman to hold the rank of colonel in the Canadian army

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Smellie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smellie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 May 2015 at 14:08.

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