Smart Family History

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Smart Name Meaning

English: nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English smart ‘quick’, ‘prompt’ (Old English smeart ‘stinging’, ‘painful’, from smeortan ‘to sting’). This name is common and widespread throughout England, Wales, and Scotland.

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

Similar surnames: Mart, Swart, Start, Mort, Ewart, Smail, Starr, Spark, Star, Smartt

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Smart Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Smart name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Smart Family Origin

Where is the Smart family from?

Smart Family Occupations

What did your Smart ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Smart. A less common occupation for the Smart family was Farmer. The most common Smart occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Smart's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Smart Historical Records

What Smart family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 367,000 census records available for the last name Smart. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smart 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 90,000 immigration records available for the last name Smart. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Smart. For the veterans among your Smart ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Smart Life Expectancy

What is the average Smart lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Smart life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Smart in 1940 was 66, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Smart 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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