The surname of SMART was derived from the Old English personal name SMERT, and was found in Suffolk in 1066. Smert is still the common pronunciation of the name in Scotland. John Smert, a Scot, was charged with breaking his parole in 1358, and William Smert was a tenant in Telny in the barony of Abirdoure, Fife, in the year 1376. Other records of the name mention Litwinus Smart of the County of Chester in 1180. John Smert of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry Smert, Scotsman, prisoner of war, was released to find ransom for himself and others in 1422, and John Smert of Brechin was a citizen there in 1452. Richard Smert of the County of Somerset was documented in the year of 1448. John Smart was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1651. William Smart, burgess of Tain, was fined for reset of members of the outlawed Clan Gregor in 1612. (A resetter was a receiver or concealer of stolen goods). There were families of this name at Muresk and Tollochin in the 16th century who were native tanners. An English family by the name of Smart claim to be descended from Sir John Smart, who was a Garter Knight in the reign of Edward IV. (1461-83). The religious poet Christopher Smart (1722-71) was a member of this family. The name is also spelt Smarte. When the coast of England was invaded by William The Conqueror in the year 1066, the Normans brought with them a store of French personal names, which soon, more or less, entirely replaced the traditional more varied Old English personal names, at least among the upper and middle classes. A century or so later, given names of the principal saints of the Christian church began to be used. It is from these two types of given name that the majority of the English patronymic surnames are derived and used to this day. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The arms were registered in London and Scotland.
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