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

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

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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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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