Show ContentsSmethers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Smethers name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Smethers was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who worked as a smith or smitty (blacksmith). 1 2 During the Middle Ages smiths were important for their skill in making horseshoes, ploughshares as well as swords, other weapons and armour. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Early Origins of the Smethers family

The surname Smethers was first found in Warwickshire where John Smythiere was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1379. 3

Early History of the Smethers family

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Smethers Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Smethers are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Smethers include: Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

Early Notables of the Smethers family

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Migration of the Smethers family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Smethers or a variant listed above: George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652; Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704.

Contemporary Notables of the name Smethers (post 1700) +

  • Rev. Dr. Steven Smethers, President of United Christian Assemblies and United Christian Ministry Institute

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook