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Smith Family History

Smith Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smitan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

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

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Name Distribution of Smith Families

  • Number of Smith families
     30,136 - 60,270
     10,046 - 30,135
     1 - 10,045
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Smith families
     6,607 - 13,211
     2,203 - 6,606
     1 - 2,202
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Smith Family Origin

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Smith Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Smith Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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Smith Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

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Military Service by Smith

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