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The name Smithson is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who was the son of the smith. During medieval times there was a smith in nearly every village. Smiths were important for their metalworking skills, making horseshoes and ploughshares as well as weapons and armour. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Smithson Early Origins



The surname Smithson was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Smithson Spelling Variations


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Smithson Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Smithson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Smithson include Smithson, Smythson and others.

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Smithson Early History


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Smithson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smithson research. Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1765 and 1829 are included under the topic Early Smithson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smithson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smithson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include James Smithson (1765-1829), chemist and mineralogist. He was born James Lewes Macie, the illegitimate son of Hugh Simthson Percy, Duke of Northumberland...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smithson 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Smithson or a variant listed above:

Smithson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Smithson who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Robert Smithson, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • William Smithson who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • William Smithson, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Tho Smithson, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smithson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Smithson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Smithson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • John Smithson, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • John Smithson who settled in Jamaica in 1761

Smithson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Smithson, who landed in New York in 1842

Smithson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Smithson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Smithson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Smithson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Smithson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • William Smithson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849

Smithson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Smithson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smithson (post 1700)



  • Forrest Custer Smithson (1884-1962), American gold medalist athlete, winner of 110 m hurdles at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • William Michael "Mike" Smithson (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Smithson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • Robert H. Smithson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1948
  • Maria Smithson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2000; Presidential Elector for Oregon, 2000
  • C. J. Smithson, American politician, Mayor of Fairfield, Alabama, 1957-60
  • Robert Smithson (1938-1973), American artist
  • Gerald Arthur Smithson (1926-1970), English cricket player
  • John Smithson, British film and television producer
  • Henrietta Constance "Harriet" Smithson (1800-1854), Irish actress, the first wife of Hector Berlioz, and the inspiration for his Symphonie Fantastique by the French composer Hector Berlioz
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Smithson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smithson 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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