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Smith Surname History
While the surname Smith probably originated in the United Kingdom (the earliest recorded instance of Smith was in 975 in England), the history of the surname spans many cultures and many times. Most probably, the surname was originally related to someone who was a blacksmith, a goldsmith, or any type of person who worked with metals and would have been taken by those who practiced the profession and subsequently their family. However, as time went on, the surname was also taken due to life circumstances. For instance, many Native Americans took the name (which was common even in Colonial times) in order to make dealings with the colonists easier. Also, freed slaves would take the name Smith because that was the name of the slaveholder. In other cases, because of the frequency of the surname, Smith was often taken as an alias. Especially during World War 1 and World War 2, in the United States, the German name Schmidt or Schmitt would be changed to "Smith" - "americanizing" it in order to hide German heritage. So the history of the Smith family (and related names) is one of the most complex and widely misunderstood family histories.
The surname Smith is a common surname in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and other English speaking countries. This surname probably originated with "smith" - one who works metals - and is of Old English origin. However, many people have taken the surname Smith for a variety of reasons (see "Smith History") so having the surname Smith does not necessarily mean that a particular family named Smith is of Anglo-Saxon roots. There are many variations of "Smith" such as "Smyth" and "Smythe" in English but the surname, when originally related to a profession in other lands, may also be Schmidt or Schmieder or many other spellings. Because of the wide variety of reasons for the taking of the surname Smith (and the changing to "Smith" from the original language), not all families named Smith are related.
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Smith Family Tree
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- Ethel Ann Smith
- Laurence Smith
- Audrey Jean Mukes-Smith
- Ida Buelah Smith
- Bobbie Jean (Smith) Tichi
- Willie Ola (Smith) Walden
- Dora Lee Smith
- Patricia Elizabeth Smith
- Joseph Franklin Smith
- Ruby Francis Smith