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Smit Early Origins



The surname Smit was first found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.

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Smit Spelling Variations


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Smit Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Smit include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

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Smit Early History


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Smit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smit research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1564, 1618, 1630, 1648, 1708, 1752, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1787, 1815, 1817, 1837, 1838, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1875, 1876, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Smit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smit Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Smit during this time period were Bernhard Schmidt (1630-1708), known as "Father Smith", who was a famous organ builder; Georg Philipp Schmidt (1766-1849), known as "Schmidt from Luebeck", who was a physician and Romantic poet; Friederich Wilhelm Schmidt (1764-1838), who was a Prussian pastor and...

Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smit Notables 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



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Smit were

Smit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lucas Smit, who landed in New York, NY in 1641
  • Jan Smit, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1642
  • Huybert Smit, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1653
  • Anna Meinderts Smit, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1654
  • Dirck Smit, who landed in America in 1654

Smit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bernhart Smit, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Andries Smit, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Andries Smit, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Hendrig Smit, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Daniel Smit, who landed in New York in 1709
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francina Smit, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Geeradus Smit, aged 12, landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • George H Smit, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • Gezina Smit, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Dina Smit, aged 10, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smit (post 1700)



  • Leo Smit (1921-1999), American composer
  • Raymond J. Smit (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1967-74
  • Hugo Smit, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Libau, 1897-1905
  • Adrianus Wilhelmus "Arie" Smit (1916-2016), Dutch-born Indonesian painter
  • Joseph Smit (1836-1929), Dutch zoological illustrator
  • Arij Smit (1907-1970), Dutch boxer at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Johannes Chrishostomos "Kick" Smit (1911-1974), Dutch footballer
  • Sylvia Smit (b. 1986), Dutch female international footballer
  • John William Smit (b. 1978), South African rugby player, the 50th captain of the South African national rugby union team, inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Jörgen Smit (1916-1991), Norwegian teacher, speaker, and writer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    The Smit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smit 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 29 March 2016 at 13:23.

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