Smither History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Smither has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person who worked as a smith or smitty (blacksmith). [1] [2] 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.

Early Origins of the Smither family

The surname Smither was first found in Warwickshire where John Smythiere was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1379. [3]

Early History of the Smither family

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Smither Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Smither has been spelled many different ways, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

Early Notables of the Smither family (pre 1700)

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Smither Ranking

In the United States, the name Smither is the 10,423rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Smither migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Smithers to arrive in North America:

Smither Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Geo Smither, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Smither (post 1700) +

  • M. Bob Smither, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 2006 [6]
  • Janan Smither, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004 [6]
  • Beri Smither (b. 1971), American model
  • Chris Smither (b. 1944), American folk/blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter
  • Jessie Smither (1885-1960), English music hall singer, actress and musician best known by her stage name Denise Orme
  • Bob Smither (b. 1944), American politician, Libertarian Party nominee for Texas
  • Michael Duncan Smither CNZM (b. 1939), New Zealand painter and composer
  • Henry C. Smither, former head coach of the United States Military Academy's college football program from 1906-1907

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry John Smither (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook