Origins Available: English
The name Smithy began among the descendants of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. It was a name for a smithy.
Although Smithy appears to be an occupational
name for a blacksmith, it has been suggested that when surnames came into use in Scotland
, several different families simply 'took on' the name whether they had been blacksmiths or not. Thus, Smithy is a classic example of a polygenetic surname
that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Smithy family
The surname Smithy was first found in northern England
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. In trying to establish a single source for this amazing, monumentally prolific surname Smith, it is asserted that they descended from Neil Cromb, a Chieftain
who flourished in 1150, third son of Murdoch, Chief of the Clan
Chattan, a confederation of twenty-six Clans of which Smith was a member Clan.
Faber and Ferro were Latin equivalents of the name Smith which were used in medieval documents. William faber de Karel witnessed legal proceedings c. 1250. William the Smith served as a juror during an inquest held at Traquair in 1274. In Aberdeen there lived an Alan Smyth in 1398. Finally, a Patrick Smyth of Scotland is noted as being confined in the Tower of London in 1401.
Early History of the Smithy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smithy research.Another 479 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1853, 1620, 1668, 1660, 1665, 1720, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Smithy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Smithy Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Smithy has appeared Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.
Early Notables of the Smithy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smithy family to Ireland
Some of the Smithy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Smithy family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Smithy name: Rich Smith, who settled in Virginia in 1638; Abbigall Smith, who was granted land in Virginia in 1673; James Smith and his wife Mary, who immigrated to Boston in 1718 with their children, Abel Smith, who came to Boston in 1763.
Contemporary Notables of the name Smithy (post 1700)
- Marvin Smithy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1920 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Smithy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper Fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.