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Where did the English Smithen family come from? What is the English Smithen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Smithen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Smithen family history?

The name Smithen comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as a smith or smitty (blacksmith). During the Middle Ages smiths were important for their skill in making horseshoes, ploughshares as well as swords, other weapons and armour. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Smithen have been found, including: Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Smithers, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smithen research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smithen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Smithen, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652; Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704.

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The Smithen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smithen 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.

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