Smith, Smyth, and MacGowan Families in Ireland
Smithe; Smythe; Smyth; Smithick; Smythwick
(Based in part upon The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names)
Numerous Even in Ireland
Smith has been recorded as one of the ten most numerous names in Ireland.
There are several origins for the Smith surname here. You will note that
the spelling of the name has changed from time to time, a ‘y’ can be switched
with the ‘i’ in different records. An 'e' can be added or taken away from the end
of the name as well. ( Irish genealogists take note of that. ) Below are some
of my random notes on the family name.
'Noble' Families in the Heralds Book
Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms.
A brief search in that work shows we’ve got over 12 entries.
That makes the name one of the most numerous surnames
in the annals of Irish heraldry.
They are divided about evenly between Smith and Smyth spellings.
The book cited and others will give information on individual families.
Here are those I researched and included in the Irish Book of Arms:
Showing a Shield with three lions:
1) Smith of Strangford, Co. Mayo (18th c.). so created by Charles I.
2) Percy Smythe of Co. Down (1806) b. 1780
3) Philip Smyth, Dean of Derry, who succeeded his father in 1724.
4) Dr. Arthur Smith (1768). Archbishop of Dublin.
5) Robert Smith of the family originally from Nottingham. (1806)
Smith and Smyth with Unicorn Arms:
6) Smith of Annesbrook, Co. Meath.
7) Smith of Glasshouse
8) Smyth of Ardmore, Co. Derry
9) Smyth of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford.
10) Smyth of Mount Henry, Queens County
11) Smyth of Headborough, Co. Waterford
12) Smith of Duneira, Co. Antrim.
13) Smith-Barry of Bally Edmond, Co. Cork.