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Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 AM
 
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Default German Smail/Smael to America

Smail/Smael family from Germany in the 1700s does anyone know what part of Germany or anything else pertaining to the subject please
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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According to Smail Name Meaning & Smail Family History at Ancestry.com - Smail is a Scottish/English name, not German:

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Smail Name Meaning Scottish and northern English: variant of Small.English: habitational name from a lost place in eastern Sussex named Smeghel, from Old English smeagel ‘burrow’, or from Brooksmarle (now Broxmead) in Sussex (named with Old English brocc ‘badger’ + smeagel).
Keep in mind that Old English is a Germanic language but by the 18th century, it had long since died out.

Surname's DB says this about it: Surname Database: Smail Last Name Origin

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This name, with variant spellings Smale, Smail, Smaile, Small, Smalles, Smalls, and Smeal(l), derives from the Old English pre 7th Century "Smael" meaning "small, slender or thin", and was originally given as a nickname to one of slight stature. The surname was first recorded in the early part of the 13th Century, (see below). One, Robert le Small of Huntingdonshire and a Henry le Smale of Cambridgeshire were recorded in the Hundred Rolls of those counties in 1273. Nicholas Smale or Small was entered in "The Oxford University Register" in 1508. On March 6th 1545, Jane Smales, an enfant, was christened in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, London. Henry, son of John and Alice Smailes, was christened on December 9th 1638 at St. Michael's, Bassishaw, London, and Elizabeth Mary, daughter of John and Mary Smails, was christened on January 2nd 1778 at St. George the East, Stepney, London. The final "s" on the name indicates the patronymic and is a reduced form of "son of". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Smale, which was dated 1221, in "The Pipe Rolls of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. 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.
And lastly, House of Names: Smail Family Crest and History

Wiktionary says this about the word smæl: smæl - Wiktionary

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smæl
Old English

Etymology
Proto-Germanic *smalaz, whence also Old High German smal, Old Norse smalr
Adjective
smæl
small
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Does not sound German at all, but maybe they anglisised the name after immigration. There are a few people with the names Smala (about 20) and Smal (about 10) in the German phonebook, and also Smail (about 10), but most if not all Smails seem to be recent immigrants.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:18 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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If the name was an attempt to translate the German word for Small, then the original would have been Klein, which is a very widespread name.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:58 PM
 
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www.familysearch.org shows 70 results of SMAEL born in Germany, 41 born UK & others.

SMAIL - 29 hits on born Germany & many others from different countries.

Start with what you know about your family & work back generation by generation. Look at census, vital records, tombstones, etc.

www.familysearch.org is a good starting point for searching U.S. census, internation vital records & much more.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:12 AM
 
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I have found some different spellings such as Schmael, Schmal in marriages in Rhienland-Pfalz Prussia I was looking for a Derick Smael, His son Peter who was married in PA USA. does anyone know if 'Deitrich' is 'Derick' in USA
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:15 AM
 
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Peter's son I believe is Jacob Smael, his son Jacob was born abt. 1811 in PA USA, thankyou friends for your interest
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:56 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I have found some different spellings such as Schmael, Schmal in marriages in Rhienland-Pfalz Prussia I was looking for a Derick Smael, His son Peter who was married in PA USA. does anyone know if 'Deitrich' is 'Derick' in USA
Yes, it is.

Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Derek
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Old English names dating back to that time period could be either anglo saxion, norse, or a mixture as the two languages were so close speakers of either could understand the other and their two languages combined to become Old English. Before Old English Anglo Saxon and Norse and other local languages were spoken but there wasn't a common one.

I found an offshoot of Smael's in the family tree and assumed German too so thanks for the information.
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