The name Smerdon comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as smeart
which meant that the original bearer was quick and active.
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Nickname
surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.
Early Origins of the Smerdon family
The surname Smerdon was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Smerdon family
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Smerdon Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Smerdon has undergone many spelling variations
, including Smart, Smert, Smarte, Smartt and others.
Early Notables of the Smerdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smerdon family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Smerdon were among those contributors: John Smart who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; another John settled in Jamaica in 1670; another John settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants and brother Samuel also settling with his wife, child, and servants.
Contemporary Notables of the name Smerdon (post 1700)
- David Craig Smerdon (b. 1984), Australian chess grandmaster, the fourth Australian to become a Grandmaster, awarded the General Sir John Monash Award in 2010
The Smerdon 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: Virtus pre nummis
Motto Translation: Virtue is preferable to money.