Early Origins of the Smethirst family
The surname Smethirst was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Chorley, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Smethirst family
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Smethirst Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Smethirst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smethirst family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Smethurst who settled in Virginia in 1699; William Smethurst settled in New England
in 1705; Richard, Robert, and Samuel Smethurst all arrived in Philadelphia between 1844 and 1862..
The Smethirst 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: Alta peto
Motto Translation: Aim at high things