Smythe Family History

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Smythe Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a forge, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a one, from Middle English smithe, smythy ‘smithy’. variant of Smith.

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

Similar surnames: Smithey, Smithe, Smith, Wythe, Smither, Smyth, Sayne, Slate, Blythe

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Smythe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Smythe name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Smythe. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Smythe Family Origin

Where is the Smythe family from?

Smythe Family Occupations

What did your Smythe ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Smythe family was Dressmaker. The most common Smythe occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 8% of Smythe's were Annuitants. Annuitant, Lodging House Keeper and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Smythe.

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  • Annuitant

  • Lodging House Keeper

  • Clerk

  • Dressmaker


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

Smythe Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Smythe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smythe 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Smythe. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Smythe. For the veterans among your Smythe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Smythe Life Expectancy

What is the average Smythe lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Smythe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Smythe in 1948 was 55, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Smythe 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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