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Origin and Meaning of Goldsmith

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gold"smith`
  1. An artisan who manufactures vessels and ornaments, etc., of gold.
  2. A banker.(Obs)

Note: ☞ The goldsmiths of London formerly received money on deposit because they were prepared to keep it safely.

Etymology: AS. goldsmi�. See Gold., and Smith

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  1. An artisan who makes jewelry and other objects out of gold
  2. Irish writer of novels and poetry and plays and essays (1728-1774)

From Middle English goldsmith, from Old English goldsmiþ (“goldsmith”), from Proto-Germanic *gulþasmiþaz (“goldsmith”), equivalent to gold +‎ smith. Cognate with Scots goldsmyth, gouldsmeth (“goldsmith”), Saterland Frisian Gouldsmid (“goldsmith”), West Frisian goudsmid (“goldsmith”), Dutch goudsmid (“goldsmith”), Danish guldsmed (“goldsmith”), Swedish guldsmed (“goldsmith”), Icelandic gullsmiður (“goldsmith”).

  1. A person who forges things out of gold, especially jewelry.
  2. (obsolete) A banker (because the goldsmiths of London used to receive money on deposit, being equipped to keep it safely).

Notable Persons Named Goldsmith

His career lasted from 1861 to 1862. Goldsmith was born on July 17th, 1823. He breathed his last breath on May 8th, 1862.


Goldsmith was born on February 14th, 1834. He left this life on May 27th, 1895.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Goldsmith

Jonathan Goldsmith is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to present. Jonathan was born on September 26th, 1938. Jonathan is also known as Jonathan Lippe.


Zac Goldsmith is a politician. His ongoing career started in 2010. Zac was born on January 20th, 1975 in Westminster, London, United Kingdom.


Jemima Goldsmith is a journalist and campaigner. Jemima was given the name Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith by her parents James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Goldsmith on January 30th, 1974 in Westminster, London. Jemima is also known as Jemima Khan.


Jerry Goldsmith was a film score and contemporary classical music composer and conducting. He holds the title Jerry Goldsmith - "Chinatown" and Opening theme. His most notable accomplishments were from 1951 to 1951. Jerry was given the name Jerrald King Goldsmith on February 10th, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He died on July 21st, 2004.


Sir James Goldsmith was a financier and politician. James was given the name James Michael Goldsmith on February 26th, 1933 in Paris, France. He passed away on July 18th, 1997.


Carole Middleton is a businessperson. Carole was given the name Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith on January 31st, 1955 in Perivale, London, England.


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Popularity of Goldsmith as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Goldsmith U.S.
  White 79.00% 64.26%
  African American 16.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.31% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Goldsmith

People with the last name Goldsmith are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Goldsmith

  • How Popular is the name Goldsmith? As a last name Goldsmith was the 2,229th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Goldsmith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Goldsmith is Monday, November 13th, 1876.
  • How unique is the name Goldsmith? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Goldsmith. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Goldsmith: Your name in reverse order is Htimsdlog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hodltimgs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Goldsmith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,346 people with the last name Goldsmith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Goldsmith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Goldsmith as their last name.

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