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Goldsmith Surname Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in gold from Middle English goldsmith Old English goldsmith ‘goldsmith’ a compound of gold ‘gold’ + smith ‘smith’. Americanized form (translation into English) of Jewish (Ashkenazic) and German Goldschmidt and also of its Dutch equivalent Goldsmit.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Goldrich, Smith, Goldstone, Golding, Goldring, Goldstein, Goodrich

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Where is the Goldsmith family from?

You can see how Goldsmith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goldsmith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goldsmith families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,208 Goldsmith families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Goldsmith's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Goldsmith families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Goldsmith surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Goldsmith ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Goldsmith. 10% of Goldsmith men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Goldsmith women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goldsmith were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Gardener
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

There are 214,000 census records available for the last name Goldsmith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goldsmith census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Goldsmith. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Goldsmith. For the veterans among your Goldsmith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goldsmith lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Goldsmith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Goldsmith in 1943 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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