Schmidt Family History

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Schmidt Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German smit, German Schmied ‘blacksmith’. The German surname is found in many other parts of Europe, from Slovenia to Sweden.

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

Similar surnames: Scheid, Scheidt, Schmeltz, Schott, Schlick, Schmuck, Schmoldt

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Schmidt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schmidt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Schmidt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Schmidt Family Origin

Where is the Schmidt family from?

Schmidt Family Occupations

What did your Schmidt ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schmidt. The most common Schmidt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Schmidt's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Schmidt family was Tailor.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


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

Schmidt Historical Records

What Schmidt family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 730,000 census records available for the last name Schmidt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schmidt 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 285,000 immigration records available for the last name Schmidt. 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 Card

There are 317,000 military records available for the last name Schmidt. For the veterans among your Schmidt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schmidt Life Expectancy

What is the average Schmidt lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Schmidt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schmidt in 1940 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schmidt 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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