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  • Agnes Lambert (1543 - 1560)
  • Alice Smyth (1485 - 1545)
  • Alicia le 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 Focke Spencer (c.1410 - 1438)
    (Miss) Smyth F, #26308, b. circa 1410 (Miss) Smyth was born circa 1410 at of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. She married Robert Spencer, son of Thomas Spencer, circa 1431 at of Bedfordshire, Englan...

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. []