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Smith is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a metalworker (the blacksmith). It is derived from the Old English word smid, probably derived form "smitan," which meant "to strike with a hammer." As metal worker was such a common and important profession in Medieval times, this name and its cognates are extremely widespread throughout the British Isles and Europe. However, there is some debate as to why the occupation of blacksmith would lead to such a populous surname. One might expect that Farmer, also an occupational name, but with far more people involved in the profession in the Middle Ages, would today be a much more populous surname than Smith. It is probably a futile exercise to try to establish a single source for this amazing, monumentally prolific surname.

Early Origins of the Smith family

The surname Smith was first found in Durham, in present day Northumbria (North-Eastern England) where an Olde English version of the name is cited in circa 975, almost 100 years before the Normans would invade this part of England.

Some of the family moved to Mount Thoydon in Essex. "The church [of Mount Thoydon] is a handsome edifice, containing many fine monuments to the family of Smyth, among which is one to Sir Thomas Smyth, chancellor of the garter, and principal secretary of state, in the reigns of Edward VI. and Elizabeth." 1

"Wootton Hall [in Wooton-Wawen, Warwickshire] was early the seat of the Smythe family, of whom was Lord Carrington, who, at the battle of Edge-Hill, bravely redeemed the royal standard, as is recorded on his monument in Christ-Church, Oxford. Over the front entrance of the Hall are the arms, finely executed in relief, of Lord Carrington. " 1

"The extensive manor of Mitchell-Morton, which stretches into the parishes of Kilkhampton, Moorwinstow, and Jacobstow, in Cornwall, and Week St. Pancras in Devonshire, is generally denominated from this parish. This large manor belonged, about the year 1660, to the family of Smith." 2

Early History of the Smith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smith research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1279, 1559, 1568, 1608, 1611, 1616, 1617, 1621, 1631, 1640, 1644, 1649, 1650, 1652, 1653, 1655, 1657, 1658, 1661, 1662, 1663, 1665, 1675, 1679, 1681, 1691, 1696, 1699, 1701, 1717, 1720 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Smith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Smith Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Smith has appeared include Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.

Early Notables of the Smith family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Richard Smith (1568-1655), officially the Bishop of Chalcedon, the second Catholic bishop for England, Wales and Scotland after Catholicism was banned in England in 1559
  • John Smith (c. 1608-1657), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1644, supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War
  • John Smith (died 1663) English-born immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay Colony c. 1631, 3rd President of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1649-1650), 6th President of Providence a...
  • Admiral Sir Jeremiah Smith (Smyth) (died 1675), English officer of the Royal Navy who saw service during the First and Second Anglo-Dutch Wars
  • Erasmus Smith (1611-1691), an English merchant, landowner and philanthropist in Leicestershire

Smith World Ranking

In the United States, the name Smith is the 1st most popular surname with an estimated 2,501,922 people with that name. 3 However, in Canada, the name Smith is ranked the 1st most popular surname with an estimated 192,145 people with that name. 4 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Smith is the 178th popular surname. 5 Newfoundland, Canada ranks Smith as 3rd with 1,521 people. 6 France ranks Smith as 861st with 5,920 people. 7 Australia ranks Smith as 1st with 212,493 people. 8 New Zealand ranks Smith as 1st with 13,667 people. 9 The United Kingdom ranks Smith as 1st with 566,946 people. 10 Netherlands ranks Smith as 347th with 4,490 people. 11 South Africa ranks Smith as 22nd with 125,534 people. 12

Ireland Migration of the Smith family to Ireland

Some of the Smith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Smith migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Smith arrived in North America very early:

Smith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1611 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" 13
  • Mr. William Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 aboard the ship "Sampson" 13
  • Mr. John Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Bona Nova" 13
  • Osmond Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 14
  • Capt.John Smith, British settler who arrived in Virginia in 1620 aboard the ship "Abigaile" 15
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1704 14
  • John William Smith, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1711 14
  • Crispianus Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1712 14
  • Augustine Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 14
  • Ambrose Joshua Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 14
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles R Smith, who arrived in New York in 1801 14
  • Jenny Smith, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 14
  • Jeremiah Smith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803 14
  • M E Smith, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 14
  • Matt Smith, who arrived in America in 1805 14
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe Smith, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 14
  • Jens Nissen Smith, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914 14
  • Charles Victor Smith, who landed in Alabama in 1918 14
  • Christian Anholm Smith, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922 14
  • Agnes Sybil Smith, aged 26, who arrived in Colorado in 1948 14

Canada Smith migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smith Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Smith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Smith, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • James Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Constantine Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mark Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Martha Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Smith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Donald Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • James Smith, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • John Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Neil Smith, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1812
  • Michael Hayden Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
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Smith Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss M A Smith, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Smith migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Smith Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Smith, (nee Overy), (b. 1750), aged 37, English convict who was convicted in Winchester for theft, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she was moved to the Charlotte, she died in 1837 17
  • Miss Hannah Smith, (b. 1758), aged 29, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester. Glouceser Quarter Sessions for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1826 17
  • Mr. William Smith, (b. 1755), aged 32, English convict who was convicted in Dorchester Assizes for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1830 17
  • Mr. John Smith, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 18
  • Mr. John Smith, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 18
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Smith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Smith, (Oldfield), (b. 1780), aged 20, English rope maker who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1824 19
  • Mr. James Smith, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 19
  • Mr. John Smith, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 19
  • Mr. Robert Smith, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 19
  • Miss. Ann Smith, Irish convict who was convicted in Dundalk, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 20
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Smith Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • "Miss Hannah Smith, (b. 1810), aged 18, English servant who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" 21
  • "Miss Maria Smith, (b. 1806), aged 22, English needle woman who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" 21
  • "Miss Mary Ann Smith, (b. 1806), aged 22, English servant who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, daughter of Ann Rolph" 21

New Zealand Smith migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Smith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Smith, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1831 22
  • Mr. Samuel Smith, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 22
  • Mr. John Smith, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 22
  • Charles Smith, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • William Smith, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
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West Indies Smith migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 23
Smith Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Daniell Smith, (b. 1614), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634
  • Mr. Thomas Smith, (b. 1617), aged 17, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634
  • Mr. Thomas Smith, (b. 1613), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 14
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, (b. 1616), aged 18, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 14
  • Mr. Daniell Smith, (b. 1538), aged 96, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 14
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Contemporary Notables of the name Smith (post 1700) +

  • Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (1907-1986), American singer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"
  • Albert Merriman Smith (1913-1970), American newspaper reporter and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. (b. 1968), American actor, rapper, and film producer nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards, best known for The Fresh Prince, as well as blockbuster movies The Pursuit of Happyness, I, Robot and Bad Boys
  • James Smith (1719-1806), of Pennsylvania, one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence
  • Bud S. Smith (1935-2024), American film editor, producer, and director, best known for his 1984 BAFTA Award for Best Editing for Flashdance (1983)
  • Wayne S. Smith (1932-2024), American diplomat, academic, and author who published four books on the topic of Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations
  • Sanford Louis Smith (1939-2024), American businessman known for his involvement in art exhibitions
  • Albert J. Smith (1949-2024), American professional football scout and executive from North Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Richard H. Smith (1945-2024), American politician
  • Alexis Smith (1949-2024), born Patti Anne Smith, an American visual artist who worked in collage and installation
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Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Betty Louise Smith (1933-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash 24
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Scott John Smith (1963-1985), American Specialist 4th Class from Louisville, Kentucky, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash 25
  • Mr. Rex V Smith (1949-1985), American Sergeant 1st Class from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash 25
  • Mr. Clinton Duane Smith (1966-1985), American Private from Conyers, Georgia, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash 25
  • Mr. Thomas E Smith (1965-1985), American Private 1st Class from Brooksville, Florida, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash 25
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Joseph Smith, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking 26
  • Mr. Harry Smith (d. 1914), British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 26
  • Mr. Thomas John Smith, British Baker from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking 26
  • Mr. Walter Beaumont Smith (d. 1914), British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 26
  • Mr. Albert E. Smith (d. 1914), British Engineer ex Empress of Asia from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 26
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Fraterville mine
  • Mr. John Smith (d. 1902), "Red", American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died 27
  • Mr. Forrest Smith (d. 1902), American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died 27
  • Mr. Rob Smith (d. 1902), American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died 27
  • Mr. R. H. Smith (d. 1902), American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died 27
Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. George E. Smith, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he died 28
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Annie  Smith (1860-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 29
  • Master Kenneth H  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 29
  • Mrs. Agnes  Smith (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 29
  • Mr. Harold Francis  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Cunard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 29
  • Mrs. Bertha  Smith (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 29
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Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Thomas Smith (1874-1914), English Miner from England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse 30
  • Mr. Robert Smith (1885-1914), Scottish Miner from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse 30
Hillsborough disaster
  • Paula Ann Smith (1962-1989), English football supporter who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries 31
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Roy Somerville Smith (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Gaythorne, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 32
  • Mr. Ronald George Singleton Smith (1921-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Thornbury, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 32
  • Mr. Douglas William Charles Smith (1917-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 32
  • Mr. William Harrison Randall Smith (1913-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class from East Richmond, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 32
  • Mr. Ernest Edward Frederick Smith (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 32
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HMS Cornwall
  • Thomas Gregory Smith (d. 1942), British Cook S aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 33
  • Joseph Smith (d. 1942), British Sick Berth Attendant aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 33
  • John William Smith (d. 1942), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 33
  • Harry Smith (d. 1942), British Marine aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 33
  • Allan Cameron Smith (d. 1942), British Chief Stoker aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 33
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HMS Dorsetshire
  • Ronald Smith (d. 1945), British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 34
  • Frederick Thomas William Smith (d. 1945), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 34
  • Allon Smith, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire (1945) when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking 34
  • Allan Nesbit Smith, British Sub Lieutenant (A) aboard the HMS Dorsetshire (1945) when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking 34
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William G Smith (b. 1901), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 35
  • Mr. Walter H Smith (b. 1920), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 35
  • Mr. Thomas Smith (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 35
  • Mr. Thomas N Smith (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Odiham, Hants, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 35
  • Mr. Stephen R Smith (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 35
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HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Wilkinson Smith, British Lieutenant Instructor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking 36
  • Mr. Harry Smith, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking 36
  • Mr. George Smith, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking 36
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan 36
  • Mr. Smith, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking 36
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Walter Smith, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking 37
  • Mr. William Smith, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, but later died in December 1941 37
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking 37
  • Mr. Ernest Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking 37
  • Mr. Richard Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking 37
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HMS Royal Oak
  • William Smith, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 38
  • John H. Smith, British Regulating Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 38
  • George Smith, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 38
  • Arthur W. Smith, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 38
  • E. Smith, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 38
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Ibrox disaster
  • George Alexander Smith (1931-1971), Scottish football supporter, from Glasgow who was at the Ibrox disaster on 2nd January 1971 when a human crush among the crowd killed 66 and injured 200 people he died of his injuries 39
Lady of the Lake
  • Mr. Denis Smith (b. 1809), labourer who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Smith (b. 1811), Irish labourer from Coleraine, Northern Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking
  • Mr. Isack Smith (b. 1788), Irish labourer from Newton Stewart, Scotland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking
  • Miss Matilda Smith (b. 1826), Irish traveller from Kilrea, Northern Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and she died in the sinking
  • Miss Eliza Smith (b. 1807), Irish traveller from Kilrea, Northern Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and she died in the sinking
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Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Dominick Smith (b. 1882), Italian coal miner who was in mine 8 at the Monongah Mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died 40
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • James Alvin Smith (1933-1988), American Passenger from New York, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 41
  • Mary Edna Smith (1954-1988), American Army Sergeant from Kalamazoo, Michigan, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 41
  • Cynthia Joan Smith (1967-1988), American Student from Milton, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 41
  • Ingrid Anita Smith (1957-1988), English Chiropodist from Berkshire, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 41
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Thomas Smith (b. 1848), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died 42
  • Mr. Silas Smith (b. 1840), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died 42
  • Mr. James Smith (b. 1864), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died 42
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Jessie Smith, American 1st Class Passenger from Braceville, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13 43
  • Mr. William Smith, English First Waiter from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking 43
  • Mr. William Thomas Smith, English Intermediate 2nd Engineer from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking 43
  • Mr. Peter Smith, English Master-at-Arms from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking 43
  • Mr. Oliver Barrow Smith, English Ship's Cook from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking 43
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Richard "Jago" Smith (d. 1912), aged 35, English Postal Clerk from Truro, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 44
  • Mr. Charles Edward Smith (d. 1912), aged 38, English Bed Room Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CGS Montmagny 44
  • Miss Katherine E. Smith, aged 42, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in a life boat 44
  • Mr. Ernest George Smith (d. 1912), aged 27, English Chief Electrician from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 44
  • Mr. James M. Smith (d. 1912), aged 35, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 44
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Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. James Smith (b. 1882), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died 45
SS Atlantic
  • George Smith, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, survived the sinking
  • John Smith, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, survived the sinking
  • Ralph Smith, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, survived the sinking
  • Wm. Smith, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, survived the sinking
  • Henry Smith, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, died in the sinking
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Ronald Smith (b. 1923), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Navy seaman from Norman's Cove-Long Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. Henry Smith (1896-1914), Newfoundlander from Long Pond who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. George Smith (1894-1914), Newfoundlander from Spaniard's Bay who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harold F. Smith, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 46
  • Mr. William H. Smith Jr., American Coxswain working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 46
  • Mr. Clyde C. Smith, American Chief Electrician's Mate working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 46
  • Mr. Roscoe B. Smith, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 46
  • Mr. Walter Tharnel Smith, American Mess Attendant Second Class from Mississippi, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 46
  • ... (Another 11 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Indianapolis
  • Carl Murphy Smith, American crew member on board the ship "USS Indianapolis" when she was on a top secret trip for the first nuclear weapon, she was sunk by Japanese Navy on 30th July 1945, he was one of the many who were killed in the sinking due to exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks 47
  • Charles Andy Smith, American crew member on board the ship "USS Indianapolis" when she was on a top secret trip for the first nuclear weapon, she was sunk by Japanese Navy on 30th July 1945, he was one of the many who were killed in the sinking due to exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks 47
  • Cozell Lee Smith Jr. (1925-1996), American crew member on board the ship "USS Indianapolis" when she was on a top secret trip for the first nuclear weapon, she was sunk by Japanese Navy on 30th July 1945, he survived the sinking 47
  • Edwin Lee Smith, American crew member on board the ship "USS Indianapolis" when she was on a top secret trip for the first nuclear weapon, she was sunk by Japanese Navy on 30th July 1945, he was one of the many who were killed in the sinking due to exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks 47
  • Eugene Gordon Smith, American crew member on board the ship "USS Indianapolis" when she was on a top secret trip for the first nuclear weapon, she was sunk by Japanese Navy on 30th July 1945, he was one of the many who were killed in the sinking due to exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks 47
  • ... (Another 8 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Victoria steamboat disaster


The Smith 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: Benigno Numine
Motto Translation: By Divine Providence.


Suggested Readings for the name Smith +

  • Andrew M. and O.S. Smith, Sons of Maine and Nebraska Homesteaders by Claude R. Wiegers.
  • Kinfolk of Henry Smith (1846-1887).
  • Pioneer Heritage: the Smith Family by Marguerite Esther Smith.

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