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Early Origins of the Smits family

The surname Smits was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Utrecht, a city and capital of the province of Utrecht. The ramparts of this ancient city were destroyed in 1830. The Domkerk(1254) is on the site of the original church of St.Willibrord in 720. In the crypt are the hearts of Conrad II (1039) and Henry V (1125) two German Emperors. The Museum is notable for its relics and artifacts. Its tumultuous history was strongly influenced by religious conflict. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Smits family

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Smits Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smit, Smitt, Smitte, Smites, Smitts, Smiit, Smiites, Smittes, van Smit, Smut, Smutts, van Smutts, Schmit, Schmidt, van Schmidt and many more.

Early Notables of the Smits family

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included

  • Ludowyk, or Caspar Smits, or Smith (1635-1707), a Dutch Golden Age painter

Smits Ranking

In Netherlands, the name Smits is the 24th most popular surname with an estimated 25,843 people with that name. [1]

United States Smits migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smits Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lucas Smits, who arrived in New York, NY in 1641 [2]
Smits Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carolina Smits, aged 49, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Cornelius Smits, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Daniel Smits, aged 51, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Jan Smits, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Jeanette Smits, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
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Australia Smits migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Smits Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Smits, (Smets), (b. 1780), aged 51, Dutch merchant who was convicted in Cape of Good Hope, South Africa for 7 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Eleanor" on 26th June 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1834 [3]

  1. "Most Common Last Names in Netherlands." Forebears,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th February 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook