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Smith Family History

Smith Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smitan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

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

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2,694,328 Military Records
2,051,969 Immigration Records
17,750,175 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Smith Families

  • Number of Smith families
     17,114 - 34,225
     5,705 - 17,113
     1 - 5,704
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Smith families
     30,136 - 60,270
     10,046 - 30,135
     1 - 10,045
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Smith families
     6,607 - 13,211
     2,203 - 6,606
     1 - 2,202
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Smith Family Origin

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Smith Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Smith

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Smith Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Smith Civil War Service Records

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52,214
Confederate
12,894
Union
39,320

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