Early Origins of the Smetturst family
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 Smetturst family
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Smetturst Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Smethurst, Smethirst and others.
Early Notables of the Smetturst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smetturst 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 Smetturst 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
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