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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: George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652; Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704.

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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 (b. 1925), British-born, American geneticist and Nobel laureate
  • 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



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 13 May 2015 at 16:30.

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