Smuts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Smuts family

The surname Smuts 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 Smuts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Smuts research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1635 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Smuts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Smuts 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 Smuts family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Smuts family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Claes Claesen Smitt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1653; Andries Smit, who arrived in England or America in 1709; Adam Schmit, who arrived in England or America in 1709.


Contemporary Notables of the name Smuts (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Smuts, American anthropologist and psychologist
  • Captain Neil Ritz Smuts (b. 1898), South African World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Kelly Royce Smuts (b. 1990), South African cricketer, a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler who plays for Eastern Province
  • Lt-Col. John Christopher "Chris" Smuts OBE BCL (1910-1979), South African born, British barrister and Liberal Party politician
  • Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts (b. 1988), South African cricketer who plays for the Warriors
  • Mudene "Dene" Smuts (1949-2016), South African politician, Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development (2009-2014)
  • Jan Smuts (1870-1950), South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader, 2nd Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa (1939-1948)


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