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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.

Smithies Early Origins



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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Smithies Spelling Variations


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Smithies Spelling Variations



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.

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Smithies Early History


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Smithies Early History



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

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Smithies Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smithies Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67J-XPB : 6 December 2014), Fred Smithies, 09 May 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Fred Smithies, aged 50, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67J-XPB : 6 December 2014), Fred Smithies, 09 May 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • David Smithies, aged 8, originally from Chosica, Peru, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Ana" from Callao, Peru [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-3Q7 : 6 December 2014), David Smithies, 06 Feb 1920; citing departure port Callao, Peru, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Ana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Smithies, aged 55, originally from Chosica, Peru, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Ana" from Callao, Peru [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-3PD : 6 December 2014), William Smithies, 06 Feb 1920; citing departure port Callao, Peru, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Ana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithies (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithies (post 1700)



  • Oliver Smithies (1925-2017), English-born, American geneticist and Nobel laureate for for his genetics work
  • Alexander "Alex" Smithies (b. 1990), English professional footballer
  • Robert "Bob" Smithies (1934-2006), English photographer
  • Karen Smithies (b. 1969), former England cricketer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67J-XPB : 6 December 2014), Fred Smithies, 09 May 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-3Q7 : 6 December 2014), David Smithies, 06 Feb 1920; citing departure port Callao, Peru, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Ana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-3PD : 6 December 2014), William Smithies, 06 Feb 1920; citing departure port Callao, Peru, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Ana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Smithies Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smithies 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.

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