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Smail Family History

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).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Swain, Main, Ismail, Stair, Fail, Trail, Smart, Nail, Stain, Bail

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Where is the Smail family from?

You can see how Smail families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smail family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smail families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 73 Smail families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Smail's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Smail families in 1911.
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What did your Smail ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and School Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Smail. 55% of Smail men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • School Teacher
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Smail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smail census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Smail. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Smail. For the veterans among your Smail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smail lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Smail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Smail in 1947 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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