- This name recorded in London Church Registers from the mid 16th Century with Smoth, Smuth, Smoote and Smooth, is a Dutch or Low German form of the name Smith which is occupational for a worker in steel. Throughout Medieval Europe Smiths were skilled not only in the making of horseshoes, but also in forging swords and armour. The sudden occurence of the name in 16th Century registers suggests that it may have been introduced by Flemish Huguenot refugees who fled their own country,in their thousands, to escape religious persecutions in the 16th and 17th Centuries. On February 7th 1642 Ewin Smout and Grissilla Bayly were married in St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster and on September 14th 1846 Louisa Frances Smout married an Adrien Joseph Geerts in St. Pancras, Old Church, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Agnis Smoth married Olliuer Otringham, which was dated July 30th 1559 in St. Margaret Moses, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as 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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smoth — smoth·er·able; smoth·er·a·tion; smoth·er·er; smoth·ery; smoth·er; smoth·er·ing·ly; … English syllables
smoth´er|er — smoth|er «SMUHTH uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to make unable to get air; kill by depriving of air; suffocate: »The gas almost smothered the coal miners but they got out in time. 2. to cover thickly: »In the fall the grass is smothered with leaves.… … Useful english dictionary
smoth|er — «SMUHTH uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to make unable to get air; kill by depriving of air; suffocate: »The gas almost smothered the coal miners but they got out in time. 2. to cover thickly: »In the fall the grass is smothered with leaves. 3. to… … Useful english dictionary
smoth|er|y — «SMUHTH uhr ee», adjective. tending to smother; full of dust, smoke, spray, or the like; stifling … Useful english dictionary
smoth·er — … Useful english dictionary
smoth|er|a|tion — «SMUHTH uh RAY shuhn», noun. the act of smothering, or the state of being smothered; suffocation … Useful english dictionary
smoth|er|ing|ly — «SMUHTH uhr ihng lee», adverb. 1. suffocatingly. 2. Figurative. so as to suppress … Useful english dictionary
smother — smoth·er … English syllables
smotherer — smoth·er·er … English syllables
smother — smoth|er [ˈsmʌðə US ər] v [T] [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: smother thick smoke (12 19 centuries), from Old English smorian to suffocate ] 1.) to completely cover the whole surface of something with something else, often in a way that seems… … Dictionary of contemporary English