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The founding heritage of the Smothers family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Smothers comes from when one of the family worked as a person who worked as a smith or smitty (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.

Smothers Early Origins



The surname Smothers 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.

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Smothers Spelling Variations


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Smothers Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Smothers has been spelled many different ways, including Smithers, Smithies, Smythies, Smither and others.

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Smothers Early History


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Smothers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smothers research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Smothers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Smothers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smothers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Smothers Notables 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Smotherss to arrive in North America:

Smothers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Smothers, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1904
  • Daisy Smothers, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Ellen Smothers, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • A.J. Smothers, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1919

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smothers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smothers (post 1700)



  • Little Smokey Smothers (1939-2010), African American, Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • Tracy Smothers (b. 1962), American professional wrestler
  • Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers (1929-1993), African-American, Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • Dick Smothers (b. 1939), American comedian, composer and musician, best known as half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers
  • Tom Smothers (b. 1937), American comedian, composer and musician, best known as half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers
  • John Smothers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940
  • Floyd C. Smothers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948
  • Clay Smothers, American politician, Representative from Texas 24th District, 1980
  • Charles L. Smothers, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 27th District, 1973
  • Brenda Smothers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984

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    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Smothers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smothers 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2016 at 08:09.

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