Smitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Smitt family

The surname Smitt 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 Smitt family

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Smitt 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 Smitt family (pre 1700)

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United States Smitt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lucas Smitt, who landed in New York, NY in 1641 [1]
  • Claes Claesen Smitt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1653
Smitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Smitt, who landed in New York in 1715 [1]
  • Jeremiah Smitt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Jerome Smitt, aged 18, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Andreas Smitt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Philip Smitt, aged 28, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Smitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes S Smitt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Anthony Smitt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Anton Smitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Anton Smitt, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Cathrine Smitt, who settled in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Smitt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Smitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Smitt, who settled in Canada in 1848

New Zealand Smitt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Smitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Smitt, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Smitt (post 1700) +

  • Anton Elias Smitt (1883-1970), Norwegian forester
  • Jacob Sverdrup Smitt (1835-1889), Norwegian bishop and politician


  1. ^ 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)


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