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The name Smyth began among the ancestors of the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was a name for a smithy. Although Smyth 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, Smyth is a classic example of a polygenetic surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Smyth Early Origins



The surname Smyth 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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Smyth Spelling Variations


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Smyth Spelling Variations



Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Smyth has been written Smith, Smyth, Smythe and others.

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Smyth Early History


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Smyth Early History



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

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Smyth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Smyth Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Smyth In Ireland


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Smyth In Ireland



Some of the Smyth 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



Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Smyth:

Smyth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Arthur Smyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John Smyth, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Richard Smyth, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • James Smyth, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Nicholas Smyth, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1684
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smyth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Smyth, who landed in New York in 1795

Smyth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Smyth, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Francis Smyth, aged 29, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Robert Smyth, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Smyth, who landed in America in 1805
  • Mary Smyth, who landed in America in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smyth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Patrick Smyth U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 he died prior to c. 1810 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Smyth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Smyth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Bridget Smyth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Ellen Smyth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Connick Smyth, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Catherine Smyth, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smyth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Smyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Robert Smyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Jane Smyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Elizabeth Smyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • David Smyth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Smyth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Hamilton Smyth arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • George Smyth, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Catherine Smyth, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Clara Smyth, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Dinah Smyth, aged 3 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Smyth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Smyth (post 1700)



  • William Smyth (1797-1868), American mathematician and theologian
  • Alexander Smyth (1765-1830), Irish-born, American politician; General during the War of 1812
  • Estelle Smyth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980
  • Edward Smyth, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1877-80, 1887-89
  • David J. Smyth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936
  • Dana Smyth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2004
  • Constantine J. Smyth, American Democrat politician, Nebraska State Attorney General, 1897-1901; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1904, 1912
  • Clifford Smyth, American politician, U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1897
  • Charles H. Smyth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1888
  • Cameron Smyth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Smyth Historic Events


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Smyth Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Smyth, British, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Thomas Smyth (d. 1912), aged 26, Irish Third Class passenger from Caltra, Galway who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Julia Smyth, aged 17, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilcogy, Cavan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13

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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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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Smyth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Smyth 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 25 October 2016 at 08:56.

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