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The name Smithey finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one 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.

Smithey Early Origins



The surname Smithey 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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Smithey Spelling Variations


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Smithey Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Smithey has been recorded under many different variations, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

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Smithey Early History


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Smithey Early History



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

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Smithey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smithey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smithey 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Smithey or a variant listed above:

Smithey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Smithey, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675

Smithey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Smithey, who arrived in Virginia in 1746

Smithey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Smithey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William Smithey, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1894

Smithey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Estelle Smithey, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Lillian Smithey, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Thomas B. Smithey, who arrived in America, in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithey (post 1700)



  • Greg Smithey, American fitness and aerobics instructor, known for creating The Original Buns of Steel workout in the 1980s
  • C. A. Smithey, American politician, Delegate to Montana convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933

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See Also


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Smithey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smithey 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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