The many generations and branches of the Smotherman family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who worked as a smith
(blacksmith). During the Middle Ages smiths were important for their skill in making horseshoes, ploughshares as well as swords, other weapons and armour. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Early Origins of the Smotherman family
The surname Smotherman was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Smithers, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Smotherman family
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Smotherman Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Smotherman were recorded, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.
Early Notables of the Smotherman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Smotherman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Smotherman family emigrate to North America: George Smither who settled in Virginia in 1652; Christopher Smithers settled in Maryland in 1704.
Contemporary Notables of the name Smotherman (post 1700)
- Micheal Smotherman, American composer, known for his compositions on Glen Campbell's fourth album Basic (1978)
- Louie Smotherman, retired American soccer player who played professionally in the USISL A-League
- Nancy Jan Smotherman (b. 1953), birth name of Nancy Jan Davis, former American astronaut with over 673 hours in space, awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1998, NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1995 and 2002, and the NASA Space Flight Medal in 1992, 1994, and 1997
- Jordan LaVallée Smotherman (b. 1986), American ice hockey player with the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL
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