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Schmidt Family History

Schmidt Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German smit, German Schmied ‘blacksmith’. The German surname is found in many other parts of Europe, from Slovenia to Sweden.

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


Similar surnames: Scheid, Scheidt, Schmeltz, Schott, Schlick, Schmuck, Schmoldt

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Where is the Schmidt family from?

You can see how Schmidt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schmidt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schmidt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 405 Schmidt families living in London. This was about 55% of all the recorded Schmidt's in the UK. London had the highest population of Schmidt families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schmidt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schmidt ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Miner and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Schmidt. 34% of Schmidt men worked as a Miner and 55% of Schmidt women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schmidt were Chef and Unpaid Domestic.

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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

  • Miner
    34%
  • Boarding House Manager
    34%
  • Chef
    34%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    55%
  • Domestic Servant
    9%
  • Private Means
    8%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
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Census Records

There are 730,000 census records available for the last name Schmidt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schmidt 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 285,000 immigration records available for the last name Schmidt. 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 317,000 military records available for the last name Schmidt. For the veterans among your Schmidt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schmidt lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Schmidt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schmidt in 1940 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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