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The saga of the name Smithers follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who 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.

Smithers Early Origins



The surname Smithers 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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Smithers Spelling Variations


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Smithers Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Smithers were recorded, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

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Smithers Early History


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Smithers Early History



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

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Smithers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smithers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smithers 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Smithers family emigrate to North America:

Smithers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Smithers, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750

Smithers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704
  • John Smithers, who landed in Georgia in 1738

Smithers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J L Smithers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Smithers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Smithers, who landed in Canada in 1799

Smithers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Smithers, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • John Smithers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851
  • Samuel Smithers, aged 46, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Magdelana"
  • John Smithers, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Thomas Smithers, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Smithers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Smithers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
  • George Smithers, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithers (post 1700)



  • William Smithers (b. 1927), American actor, best known for his recurring role as Jeremy Wendell in the television series Dallas
  • Nathaniel Barratt Smithers (1818-1896), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware (1863-1865)
  • Karin Jan Smithers (b. 1949), American former television and film actress, best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati
  • Don Leroy Smithers (b. 1933), American music historian and performer on natural trumpet and cornetto
  • William T. Smithers, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Delaware, 1909-11
  • Nathaniel Barratt Smithers (1818-1896), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Delaware, 1863; U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1863-65; Member of Republican National Committee from Delaware, 1866-68
  • George F. Smithers, American politician, U.S. Consul in Chungking, 1896-99
  • Enoch J. Smithers, American politician, U.S. Consul in Smyrna, 1867-80; Chinkiang, 1880-84; Tientsin, 1884, 1886-89; Osaka, 1889-93; Hiogo, 1889-93; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to China, 1885
  • Clarence G. Smithers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1904, 1912, 1916, 1924, 1928; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Charles K. Smithers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Smithers


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Suggested Readings for the name Smithers



  • Tanglewood Chronicles (also Smithers Family) by Debra Winfield Smithers.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Smithers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smithers 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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