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What does the name Smith mean?

The most common surname in both England and Scotland, Smith derives from the metal-working occupation of blacksmith and is a very old surname that has been in use for thousands of years. Famous Smiths include actress Dame Maggie Smith, 18th century economist Adam Smith, and the ill-fated Captain of the Titanic, Edward J Smith.

The earliest occurrence of the Smith surname in our family history documents is from 1418, and we currently have 24,662,412 records where Smith appears.

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