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Smyth Genealogy and Smyth Family History Information

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  • Alice Smyth (deceased)
  • Ann Yorke (1526 - 1614)
    THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES PROB 11/89, f.161 SUMMARY: The document below is the last will and testament, dated 7 December 1585, of Sir Edmund Yorke, fourth, but third surviving son of 'Sir John Yorke (d. ...
  • Anna Spencer (c.1410 - d.)
  • Annie Smyth (1500 - d.)
  • Barbarine Smyth (1596 - 1644)
    Appears on charts: Pedigree for Harold Dean Krafft Barbara Smith was born say 1595 at perhaps, Braithwell, Yorkshire, England.2 She married George Bowers on 9 February 1614/15 at Braithwell, Yorksh...

About the Smyth surname

The name


arrived into Ireland via Scotland during the highland clearances.

The name is most common in county Fermanagh. A gentrification of the more common Smith. It would have spread into neighbouring counties from there, Cavan,Monaghan and Our ancestral home of County Louth. It's gaelic equivilent is MacGowan

The Scottish name "Gowen" is probably derived from the Gaelic word of the same spelling which is interpreted "metalsmith." Very likely the early bearers of the Gowen name in Scotland and Ireland were followers of that trade. The word was also used to describe other metal workers-- goldsmiths, silversmiths, coppersmiths, tinsmiths and even blacksmiths. It is synonymous with "Smith" in English, "Schmidt" in German and "Kovaks" in Polish. []