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SMITH - Name Meaning & Origin

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SMITH Surname Meaning & Origin:

Derived from the Anglo-Saxon "smitan," to smite or strike, SMITH and its derivations are an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames. Smith still tops the list of most popular surnames in England and America, and is also a very common last name in Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Australia.

Surname Origin:

Alternate Surname Spellings:

SMYTH, SMYTHE, SCHMIDT

Fun Facts About the Surname SMITH:

The Granny Smith green apple is named after a woman named Maria Ann Smith (nee Sherwood), who developed it from a seedling in her orchard in Australia in 1868 at the age of 69.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname SMITH:

Searching for Smiths
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100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Common English Surnames & Their Meanings Yes, Smith tops the list of English surnames as well!

Smith Family Genealogy
Family history traces the descendants of Lt. Samuel Smith (1602 - 1680) from England and Massachusetts.

Smith Name Meaning & Family History
An overview of the Smith surname meaning, plus subscription-based access to genealogical records on Smith families around the world from Ancestry.com.

Smith Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - SMITH Genealogy
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Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Smith.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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