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Smead Name Meaning

English: possibly from Middle English smethe ‘smooth’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a piece of smooth, level ground, or a nickname from the same word used in a transferred sense for someone of an amiable disposition. Alternatively, it could be a topographic or metonymic occupational name from Old English smiððe, smeðe ‘smithy’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Smeeth in Kent.

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


Similar surnames: Stead, Mead, Sneed, Read, Seal, Seed, Sheard, Speed, Spear, Ashmead

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Where is the Smead family from?

You can see how Smead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smead families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Smead families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Smead's in USA. New York had the highest population of Smead families in 1840.
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What did your Smead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Smead. 17% of Smead men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Smead women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smead were Truck Driver and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Clerk
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 689 immigration records available for the last name Smead. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Smead. For the veterans among your Smead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smead lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Smead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Smead in 1947 was 53, and 70 in 2004.

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