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Surname Origin and Meaning

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.

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Smith Genealogy and Family History

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. Here are a few more facts to get you started…