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Multiple Origins for the Surname Smoot


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.

Smoot Early Origins



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.


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Smoot Spelling Variations


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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.

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Smoot Early History


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Smoot Early History



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.

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Smoot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smoot Early Notables (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.

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Smoot In Ireland


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Smoot In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smoot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smoot (post 1700)



  • Clement Eyer Smoot (1884-1963), American winner of an Olympic gold medal for golf at the 1904 games [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2011, December 9) Clement Smoot. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57545
  • Jason Smoot (b. 1980), American sprinter
  • Jeanne J. Smoot, American Republican politician [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Abraham Owen Smoot (1815-1895), American Mormon pioneer
  • Oliver Reed Smoot Jr. (b. 1940), Chairman of the American National Standards Institute
  • Homer Vernon Smoot (1878-1928), American professional baseball player
  • Fredrick "Fred" Duayne Smoot (b. 1979), American football defensive back
  • Reed Owen Smoot (1862-1941), American elected to the United States Senate
  • George Fitzgerald Smoot III (b. 1945), American astrophysicist and cosmologist awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Abraham Owen Smoot (1856-1911), American politician, Member of Utah State Senate [4]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.)

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Motto


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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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Smoot Family Crest Products


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Citations


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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. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2011, December 9) Clement Smoot. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57545
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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The Smoot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smoot 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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