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Small Family HistoryRecorded as Small, Smale, Smaile, the diminutives Smalin, Smallin, Smalling, the patronymics Smalls, Smales, Smailes and other possibly others, this is an ancient Anglo-Scottish surname. It was originally a nickname of endearment either for a person of slender build or diminutive stature, or given the Chaucerian humour of the Middle Ages, the complete reverse! Deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "smael", meaning slender, the surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below).
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