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Smoot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Dutch, English, Scottish


In ancient Scotland, the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use the name Smoot. It was a name for a smithy. Although Smoot 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, Smoot 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 Smoot family


The surname Smoot was first found in northern England and Scotland, 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 Smoot family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smoot 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 Smoot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Smoot Spelling Variations


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Smoot has been spelled Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.

Early Notables of the Smoot family (pre 1700)


Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smoot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Smoot family to Ireland


Some of the Smoot 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 Smoot family to the New World and Oceana


This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Smoot:

Smoot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Smoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Smoot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harold K Smoot, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Decatur Bridge" from Rosario via Rio & St. Thomas [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CS-S68 : 6 December 2014), Harold K Smoot, 14 Sep 1920; citing departure port Rosario via Rio & St. Thomas, arrival port New York, ship name Decatur Bridge, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Florence Smoot, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Guiana" from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z5-FP8 : 6 December 2014), Florence Smoot, 08 Jun 1920; citing departure port St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, arrival port New York, ship name Guiana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Jack W. Smoot, aged 19, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Wabash" from Bordeaux, France [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z6-PYM : 6 December 2014), Jack W. Smoot, 26 Feb 1920; citing departure port Bordeaux, France, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Wabash, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Smoot (post 1700)


  • William Albert Smoot, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1922-30; Resigned 1930 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Urcil W. Smoot, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 16th District, 1950 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Thelma Smoot, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1952 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Robert Smoot, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1944 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Shelia Smoot, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 2004, 2008 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Reed Owen Smoot (1862-1941), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Utah, 1903-33; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1908, 1912, 1916 (speaker), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ralph Smoot, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Webster County, 1972; Chair of Webster County Republican Party, 1973 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John B. Smoot, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1885-87 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jean J. Smoot, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Isaac Albert Smoot (b. 1880), American Democrat politician, Member of Utah State House of Representatives, 1928-32; Postmaster at Salt Lake City, Utah, 1933-50 (acting, 1933-34) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Smoot 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.


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Citations


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CS-S68 : 6 December 2014), Harold K Smoot, 14 Sep 1920; citing departure port Rosario via Rio & St. Thomas, arrival port New York, ship name Decatur Bridge, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z5-FP8 : 6 December 2014), Florence Smoot, 08 Jun 1920; citing departure port St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, arrival port New York, ship name Guiana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z6-PYM : 6 December 2014), Jack W. Smoot, 26 Feb 1920; citing departure port Bordeaux, France, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Wabash, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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