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Smit Family History

Smit Name Meaning

Dutch Flemish and North German: occupational name for a smith Middle Dutch smet smit. This is one of the most common surnames in the Netherlands. It is also established in South Africa. Compare De Smith and Smet . Americanized form of German Schmidt ‘smith’. Slovenian and Croatian (Šmit); Czech (also Šmít): variant of Šmid and Šmíd (see Smid compare Schmitt ).

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


Similar surnames: Smid, Smidt, Fait, Smet, Smink, Foit, Mis, Samis, Sant, Sim

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Where is the Smit family from?

You can see how Smit families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smit family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smit families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 25 Smit families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Smit's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Smit families in 1891.
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What did your Smit ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Upholsterer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Smit. 100% of Smit men worked as an Upholsterer and 81% of Smit women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Upholsterer
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    81%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Private Means
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Smit. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Smit. For the veterans among your Smit ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smit lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Smit life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Smit in 1945 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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