The surname 'Smiley' is of English origin and is derived from the Old English word 'smylig', meaning 'smiling' or 'pleasant'. It is a descriptive surname given to individuals who were known for their cheerful or friendly nature. The name may have also been given to those who had a tendency to smile frequently. 'Smiley' can also be a variant of the Irish surname 'Smyth', which means 'blacksmith'.
There are
Smileys in the USA
Smiley is the
most common last name in the USA

Historical figures and celebrities called Smiley


Tavis Smiley is an American television host, author, and philanthropist known for hosting the late-night talk show 'Tavis Smiley' on PBS.


Alexis Smirnoff was a professional wrestler known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the 1980s.


Albert Smiley was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist who co-founded the Mohonk Mountain House resort in New York.


Frederick Smiley was an American politician who served as the 7th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1925 to 1927.


Kaycee Smiley is an American basketball player who played for the University of Florida and later professionally in Europe.


Reginald Smiley was a Jamaican cricketer who played as a wicket-keeper for the West Indies national cricket team in the 1920s.


Doris Smiley is an American artist known for her abstract paintings that explore color, texture, and geometric forms.


Roger Smiley is a British television presenter known for hosting various game shows and entertainment programs.


Sophie Smiley is an English author known for writing children's books, including the popular series 'The White Giraffe'.


Walter Smiley was an American football player who played as a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s.

Smiley Genealogy

OriginsThe surname 'Smiley' is of Scottish origin and is derived from the Gaelic name 'Ó Smail(eag)', meaning 'descendant of Smail(eag)'. It is a variant of the surname 'Smillie'.
Geographic DistributionThe surname 'Smiley' is most commonly found in the United States, particularly in states like Texas, California, and Florida. It is also found in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
VariationsVariations of the surname 'Smiley' include 'Smillie', 'Smilie', and 'Smely'.
Migration and ImmigrationThe name 'Smiley' has been carried by Scottish immigrants to various countries, including the United States and Canada, during periods of migration and immigration.