Smith Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Smitha, Stith, Smythe, Nesmith, Smithey, Faith, Mitch, Smet, Smithe

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Smith Family Origin

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Smith Family Occupations

What did your Smith ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Smith family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Smith. The most common Smith occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Smith's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Smith Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18 million census records available for the last name Smith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smith 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 2 million immigration records available for the last name Smith. 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 2 million military records available for the last name Smith. For the veterans among your Smith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Smith Life Expectancy

What is the average Smith lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Smith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Smith in 1940 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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