Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Early Origins of the Smithen family
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.
Early History of the Smithen family
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Smithen Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Smithen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smithen family to the New World and Oceana
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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