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Highsmith Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a smith with the distinguishing epithet high probably denoting one whose forge was at a higher location than another nearby smith.

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


Similar surnames: Smith, Nesmith, Stallsmith, Goldsmith, Shoesmith, Higham, Highley

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Where is the Highsmith family from?

You can see how Highsmith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Highsmith family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Highsmith families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Highsmith families living in Georgia. This was about 34% of all the recorded Highsmith's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Highsmith families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Highsmith surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Highsmith ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Highsmith. 26% of Highsmith men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Highsmith women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Highsmith were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    26%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Highsmith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Highsmith census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 489 immigration records available for the last name Highsmith. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Highsmith lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Highsmith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Highsmith in 1953 was 48, and 66 in 2004.

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