Nesmith Family History

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Nesmith Name Meaning

Scottish and English: occupational name for a maker of knives or of nails, from Middle English knyf ‘knife’ or nayl ‘nail’ + smith (see Smith).

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

Similar surnames: Smith, Nesbitt, Shoesmith, Nessmith, Weith, Smitha, Nesbit, Fesmire

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Nesmith Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nesmith name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nesmith. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Nesmith Family Origin

Where is the Nesmith family from?

Nesmith Family Occupations

What did your Nesmith ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Nesmith family was Mariner. The most common Nesmith occupation in the UK was Joiner. 17% of Nesmith's were Joiners. Joiner, Lappet Cutter and Marble Mason were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nesmith.

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  • Joiner

  • Lappet Cutter

  • Marble Mason

  • Mariner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nesmith ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nesmith Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Nesmith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nesmith census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 948 immigration records available for the last name Nesmith. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Nesmith. For the veterans among your Nesmith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nesmith Life Expectancy

What is the average Nesmith lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Nesmith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Nesmith in 1946 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nesmith ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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