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Smithson Surname Meaning

English (Yorkshire): from Middle English smith ‘smith’ + -son for a son of a smith. Irish (Dublin) and Scottish: in Scotland and Ireland sometimes adopted for Mac Gobhann Mac a'ghobhainn ‘son of the smith’ (see McGowan ).

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

Similar surnames: Simpson, Kitson, Smithe, Smithey, Smith, Simson, Sibson, Smithers

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Where is the Smithson family from?

You can see how Smithson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smithson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smithson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,407 Smithson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 46% of all the recorded Smithson's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Smithson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smithson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smithson 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 Smithson. 12% of Smithson men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Smithson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smithson were Farmer and Private Means. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Smithson. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Smithson. For the veterans among your Smithson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smithson lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Smithson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Smithson in 1943 was 52, and 68 in 2004.

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