As I posted earlier, through a DNA test, I am a proven ancestor of a man named Edward Smale, who immigrated to the Plymouth colony in 1635.
All of the descendants of this man took the surnames Small and Smalley.
Through an internet search, I learned that Smale, Smalley, Smallie, etc. are different versions of the same name.
In Middle English and Early Modern English (up to the 1600's), Smale was how the word Small was spelled, but the "e" was pronounced, like Smal-le, and the name was spelled phonetically how people were pronouncing it.
Therefore, we have different spellings like Smalleyand Smallie.
The confusion for me arrived when I found a man who lives two blocks away from me with last name Smale, and he pronounces it like male, with an 's' in front of it.