The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Smithies. It was a name 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.
The surname Smithies 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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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 Smithies have been found, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.
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 Smithies, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Smithies Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Fred Smithies, aged 50, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
David Smithies, aged 8, originally from Chosica, Peru, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Ana" from Callao, Peru 
William Smithies, aged 55, originally from Chosica, Peru, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Ana" from Callao, Peru