Smith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Smith surname derives from the Irish Gaelic name Mac an Ghabhain, which means "son of the blacksmith." As such, the name was probably originally occupational. It has often appeared in its Anglicized form Smith.

Early Origins of the Smith family

The surname Smith was first found in County Cavan, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. The Irish name MacGowan (not to be confused with the Scottish, which roots from MacGoun) is most often hidden under the ubiquitous name Smith. In Irish, the name is Mac an Ghabhain, which means 'son of the blacksmith'; thus its translation to Smith. In England, Horsington Manor in Somerset was owned by the Gowens family from sometime in the 1500s through 1653 when it was sold.

Early History of the Smith family

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Smith Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smith, MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin and many more.

Early Notables of the Smith family (pre 1700)

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


United States Smith migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Osmond Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 [11]
  • Austen Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1622-1623 [11]
  • Austin Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [11]
  • Osborne Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [11]
  • Osten Smith, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [11]
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [11]
  • John William Smith, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1711 [11]
  • Crispianus Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [11]
  • Augustine Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [11]
  • Ambrose Joshua Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [11]
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles R Smith, who arrived in New York in 1801 [11]
  • Jenny Smith, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [11]
  • Jeremiah Smith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803 [11]
  • M E Smith, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [11]
  • Matt Smith, who arrived in America in 1805 [11]
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Smith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe Smith, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [11]
  • Jens Nissen Smith, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914 [11]
  • Charles Victor Smith, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [11]
  • Christian Anholm Smith, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922 [11]
  • Agnes Sybil Smith, aged 26, who arrived in Colorado in 1948 [11]

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
  • Constantine Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Smith, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • James 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
  • Michael Hayden Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • James Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • James Smith, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • John 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 [13]
  • 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 [13]
  • 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 [13]
  • Miss Mary Smith, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Miss Mary Smith, (Warner), English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
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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 [15]
  • 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 [15]
  • 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 [15]
  • 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 [15]
  • 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 [16]
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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" [17]
  • "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" [17]
  • "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" [17]

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 [18]
  • Mr. Samuel Smith, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [18]
  • Mr. John Smith, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 [18]
  • 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. [19]
  • Mr. Daniell Smith, (b. 1538), aged 96, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [11]
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 [11]
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, (b. 1616), aged 18, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [11]
  • Daniell Smith, aged 20, who landed in Barbados or St Christopher in 1634 [11]
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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"
  • 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
  • Mary Alice Smith (1936-2022), known professionally as Mary Alice, an American Tony award winning film, television, and stage actress, best known for her roles as Leticia "Lettie" Bostic on the NBC sitcom A Different World (1987–1989) and Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle
  • John Dwight Smith Sr. (1963-2022), American outfielder in Major League Baseball (1989-1996)
  • Ollen Bruton Smith (1927-2022), American promoter and owner of NASCAR track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc, inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame January 23, 2016, ranked #207 on the Forbes 400 list with an estimated worth of $1.5 billion in 2005
  • David J. Smith (1950-2022), American engineer and musician and founder of the synthesizer company Sequential, known as the "Father of MIDI"
  • Sam Smith (1943-2022), American professional basketball player who played four seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA)
  • Dennis Smith (1940-2022), American firefighter and author of 16 books, most notable of which is the memoir, Report from Engine Co. 82, a chronicle of his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department from the late 1960s and into the 1970s
  • Steven Anthony "Steve" Smith (1964-2021), American professional football player who was a fullback for nine seasons in the National Football League
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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 [20]
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 [21]
  • Mr. Rex V Smith (1949-1985), American Sergeant 1st Class from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [21]
  • Mr. Clinton Duane Smith (1966-1985), American Private from Conyers, Georgia, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [21]
  • Mr. Thomas E Smith (1965-1985), American Private 1st Class from Brooksville, Florida, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [21]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Joseph Smith, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Harry Smith (d. 1914), British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Thomas John Smith, British Baker from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Walter Beaumont Smith (d. 1914), British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [22]
  • 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 [22]
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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 [23]
  • 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 [23]
  • 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 [23]
  • 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 [23]
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 [24]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Annie  Smith (1860-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [25]
  • Master Kenneth H  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [25]
  • Mrs. Agnes  Smith (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [25]
  • Mr. Harold Francis  Smith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Cunard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [25]
  • Mrs. Bertha  Smith (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [25]
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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 [26]
  • 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 [26]
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 [27]
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 [28]
  • 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 [28]
  • 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 [28]
  • 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 [28]
  • 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 [28]
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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 [29]
  • 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 [29]
  • 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 [29]
  • Harry Smith (d. 1942), British Marine aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [29]
  • 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 [29]
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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 [30]
  • 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 [30]
  • Allon Smith, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire (1945) when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [30]
  • 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 [30]
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 [31]
  • 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 [31]
  • 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 [31]
  • 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 [31]
  • 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 [31]
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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 [32]
  • Mr. Harry Smith, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking [32]
  • Mr. George Smith, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [32]
  • 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 [32]
  • Mr. Smith, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking [32]
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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 [33]
  • Mr. William Smith, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, but later died in December 1941 [33]
  • Mr. Alexander Smith, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Ernest Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Richard Smith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [33]
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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 [34]
  • 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 [34]
  • 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 [34]
  • 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 [34]
  • 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 [34]
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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 [35]
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 [36]
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 [37]
  • 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 [37]
  • 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 [37]
  • 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 [37]
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 [38]
  • 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 [38]
  • 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 [38]
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 [39]
  • Mr. William Smith, English First Waiter from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [39]
  • Mr. William Thomas Smith, English Intermediate 2nd Engineer from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [39]
  • Mr. Peter Smith, English Master-at-Arms from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [39]
  • Mr. Oliver Barrow Smith, English Ship's Cook from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [39]
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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 [40]
  • 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 [40]
  • 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 [40]
  • 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 [40]
  • 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 [40]
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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
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 [41]
  • 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 [41]
  • 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 [41]
  • 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 [41]
  • 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 [41]
  • ... (Another 11 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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: Tenebras expellit et hostes
Motto Translation: He drives forth the darkness and the foe.


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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