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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Typical jobs for Smiths
Hard-working people, the Smiths. 23412 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Smiths lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Smith in London.
Smiths’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Smiths were angels, apparently. We found 37244 in criminal records.
Smiths in World War I
According to the World War I records, 34458 Smiths served in the First World War.