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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). 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.

Smither Early Origins



The surname Smither was 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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Smither Spelling Variations


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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.

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Smither Early History


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Smither Early History



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

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Smither Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smither Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smither Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smither (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smither (post 1700)



  • Beri Smither (b. 1971), American model
  • Chris Smither (b. 1944), American folk/blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter
  • M. Bob Smither, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 2006
  • Janan Smither, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Jessie Smither (1885-1960), English music hall singer, actress and musician best known by her stage name Denise Orme
  • 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
  • Bob Smither (b. 1944), the Libertarian Party nominee for Texas

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Smither Historic Events


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Smither Historic Events




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

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Smither Family Crest Products


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Smither Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Smither Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smither 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 November 2015 at 11:31.

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