Last name: Smart

Recorded as Smart and Smartman, this is an English surname. In origin it was either a medieval nickname surname for a brisk or active person, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th century word "smeart", meaning quick, or it may be an occupational name for a person who was probably a handyman or similar. It is an example of a sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of skills or characteristics, or even in some cases physical or mental characteristics, some highly offensive! Even a supposed resemblance to an animal or bird's appearance or disposition was usefully employed in the creation of such names. One of the earliest examples of this surname recording, was that of William Smert in the Subsidy Tax Rolls of Worcester in the year 1275. Later examples include William Smart, aged 20, who was one of the earliest settlers in the English colonies of the New World. He embarked from the port of London on the ship "Thomas and John" bound for the colony of Virgina, in June 1635, whilst a recording from the surviving church registers of the city of London is that of Benjamin Smart, the son of John and Martha Smart, christened on October 6th 1642, at St. Benet Fink. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Lifwinus Smart. This was dated 1180, in the archives of Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Kristopher Smart
Hello all my relatives!

Charles Smart
Well, I am from the caribbean and none of these names gives me a hint!!

Christopher Smart
Are you a member of the Smart family from St. Vincent?

Chloe Smart
I have no English relatives that I know about.. I'm from Scotland and as far as I'm aware, my great-grandparents were too?

Larry Smart
ive always been told and past research show "Smart" origin to be Austrian (not Austrailian) and the spelling was Smryte....

Noelene Smart
My GrandMother was born born in England, her maiden Name Jonhnston and she Married My GrandFather his Surname Stephens they hd 3 Chilen me Edna, & Dorothy & Frank Dorothy Married Clarance Smart his Mother Name Alice Emily Smart when she Married Joesph Henry Smart My GrandParents with l did not know my GrandFather he died when my oldest sister was only 2 months old.

Kc smart
My great grandparents came from Ireland so who knows.

Ken Smart
My branch of the family Smart come from Glasgow, Scotland and I was always told that the name was akin to the MacKenzie clan - so I can see something in what Chris says.

sonya branson
I would expect that an archer would be quick on his feet so this possibility should not be ruled out completely. Also vowels changed from Old English to Middle English to Modern English and so smart was often pronounced/spelled smert or smertt. There was a mad poet called Christopher Smart you may want to look up he is a very interesting character. How about someone set up a web site called the Smart Files? I have lots of research but useless on web design I'm afraid

Chris Smart
You're all wrong and so is th article!!! Smart comes from the most ancient of it's derivations - to sting/burn. The arms of the family Smart consist of some very nasty looking arrows. These would certainly 'smart!' Hence, the Smart's were archers - the name arose in two places almost simultaneously. The Smart's are a sept of the clan McKenzie and guess what function they fulfilled. The other area the name arose from was Suffolk were they fulfilled the same function. One of the motto' s of the famil Smart is 'Ette weel' - Aim well! Come on guys - research better!

ALTERIA dayshawn smart
My name is ALTERIA Smart and I live In Richmond virginia.im searching for my ancestors.CEO at Black Reign

Tracey Smart
Am looking for any Smarts from Leicestershire.

Matthew smart
Hi I'm from derby. Ticknall on the border to Leicester...

jack smart
Hi, im from county, durham, im 15 and dont have a clue about any of my family, ive found more reasearch about the past and the people have alot of things in common, football, racing

Jennifer Smart
My father was Walter Henry Smart, born 1921 in Hednesford, near Cannock, Staffordshire, UK.

Lyn Smart Chester
My father was Arthur Joseph Smart, born 1914 in Hednesford, near Cannock, Staffordshire, UK.

Sonya Branson
Having done some more research myself I now know that my Grandad the farmer Percy Smart's family were living in Denton, a small village near Northampton for generations at least as far back as the mid 18th century. Where the East Coast bit came from I have no idea!

Daniel
My felow co worker is named Don Smart

bobbie sue smart
Very coincidental --- my great-grandfather was Percy Van Smart who was from Senatobia, Mississippi.