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Smith

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Smith mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Smith

"Smith" is a name of English origin, and it means "Blacksmith". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Smith
Senses
  1. One who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as, a black smith, gold smith, silver smith, and the like."Nor yet the smith hath learned to form a sword." [Tate.]
  2. One who makes or effects anything.(R)

Etymology: AS. smið; akin to D. smid, G. schmied, OHG. smid, Icel. smiðr, Dan. & Sw. smed, Goth. smiþain comp.); cf. Gr. smi`lh a sort of knife, sminy`h a hoe, mattock

verb Smith
To beat into shape; to forge.

Etymology: AS. smiðian. See Smith (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable)
  2. Someone who works at something specified
  3. Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)
  4. English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)
  5. Religious leader who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 (1805-1844)
  6. United States blues singer (1894-1937)
  7. United States suffragist who refused to pay taxes until she could vote (1792-1886)
  8. United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
  9. United States sculptor (1906-1965)
  10. Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)
Wiktionary

From smith.

  1. An English surname​ (the most common in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).
  2. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada
  3. A ghost town in California
  4. An unincorporated community in Indiana
  5. An unincorporated community in Kentucky
  6. An unincorporated community in Nevada
  7. An unincorporated community in South Carolina

Notable Persons Named Smith

Smith Wigglesworth was a plumber, evangelist, and evangelism. Smith was born on June 8th, 1859 in Menston, Yorkshire, England. He breathed his last breath on March 12th, 1947.

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Smith Hart is a wrestler. Smith was born on November 28th, 1948 in Long Beach, New York.

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Smith Cho is a film and television actress.

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Smith was born on January 17th, 1768 in Amenia (town), New York. He passed away on December 18th, 1843.

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Smith Dun is a Commander in Chief of the Burmese Army and Commander in Chief of theBurmese Army. Smith was born on November 11th, 1906 in Irrawaddy Delta.

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Smith Ballew was a popular music, jazz, country music, and western (genre) vocalist, musician, orchestra leader, film actor, singing, orchestra, and actor. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1930 to 1930. Smith was given the name Sykes Ballew on January 21st, 1902 in Palestine, Texas. Smith is also known as Ballew and Sykes. He left this life on May 2nd, 1984.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Smith

Will Smith is an actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He was most active from 1985 to present. Will was given the name Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. on September 25th, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Will is also known as The Fresh Prince.

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Jaden Smith is an actor, rapper, and rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Jaden was given the name Jaden Christopher Syre Smith by his parents Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on July 8th, 1998 in Malibu, California, U.S.

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Julianne Moore is an actress, children's author, and children's literature. Her ongoing career started in 1983. Julianne was given the name Julie Anne Smith on December 3rd, 1960 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.

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Adam Smith was a philosopher. Adam was born in 1723 in Kirkcaldy. He left this life on July 17th, 1790.

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Matt Smith is an actor. He has been prominent since 2003. Matt was given the name Matthew Robert Smith on October 28th, 1982 in Northampton, England.

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Remy Ma is a hip hop music rapper, songwriter, and rapping. She plays Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Remy was given the name Reminisce Smith on May 30th, 1980. Remy is also known as Remy Martin.

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How popular is the baby name Smith in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 15 0 15
1881 18 0 18
1882 16 0 16
1883 13 0 13
1884 18 0 18
1885 28 0 28
1886 16 0 16
1887 18 0 18
1888 24 0 24
1889 15 0 15
1890 15 0 15
1891 12 0 12
1892 22 0 22
1893 14 0 14
1894 14 0 14
1895 16 0 16
1896 13 0 13
1897 8 0 8
1898 15 0 15
1899 14 0 14
1900 26 0 26
1901 10 0 10
1902 13 0 13
1903 15 0 15
1904 17 0 17
1905 13 0 13
1906 19 0 19
1907 19 0 19
1908 17 0 17
1909 19 0 19
1910 30 0 30
1911 18 0 18
1912 45 0 45
1913 40 0 40
1914 45 0 45
1915 60 0 60
1916 60 0 60
1917 64 0 64
1918 61 0 61
1919 58 0 58
1920 69 0 69
1921 76 0 76
1922 69 0 69
1923 53 0 53
1924 56 0 56
1925 51 0 51
1926 43 0 43
1927 42 0 42
1928 54 0 54
1929 46 0 46
1930 38 0 38
1931 39 0 39
1932 51 0 51
1933 38 0 38
1934 39 0 39
1935 45 0 45
1936 26 0 26
1937 30 0 30
1938 27 0 27
1939 43 0 43
1940 32 0 32
1941 26 0 26
1942 30 0 30
1943 19 0 19
1944 31 0 31
1945 24 0 24
1946 18 0 18
1947 35 0 35
1948 44 0 44
1949 18 0 18
1950 21 0 21
1951 27 0 27
1952 22 0 22
1953 18 0 18
1954 22 0 22
1955 20 0 20
1956 22 0 22
1957 16 0 16
1958 17 0 17
1959 13 0 13
1960 26 0 26
1961 12 0 12
1962 16 0 16
1963 18 0 18
1964 15 0 15
1965 12 0 12
1966 18 0 18
1967 14 0 14
1968 13 0 13
1969 20 0 20
1970 12 0 12
1971 7 0 7
1972 5 5 0
1973 16 0 16
1974 21 0 21
1975 10 0 10
1976 24 0 24
1977 13 0 13
1978 16 0 16
1979 13 0 13
1980 11 0 11
1981 32 6 26
1982 25 0 25
1983 26 0 26
1984 33 8 25
1985 25 6 19
1986 23 0 23
1987 20 0 20
1988 24 0 24
1989 20 0 20
1990 15 0 15
1991 14 0 14
1992 17 0 17
1993 19 0 19
1994 27 5 22
1995 21 0 21
1996 20 0 20
1997 20 0 20
1998 21 0 21
1999 35 0 35
2000 26 0 26
2001 30 0 30
2002 22 0 22
2003 24 0 24
2004 43 0 43
2005 50 5 45
2006 41 0 41
2007 62 5 57
2008 59 0 59
2009 56 9 47
2010 78 0 78
2011 82 6 76
2012 98 9 89
2013 130 8 122
2014 145 6 139
2015 165 11 154
2016 174 12 162

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Popularity of Smith as a first name

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Popularity of Smith as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Smith U.S.
  White 70.90% 64.26%
  African American 23.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Smith

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

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Fun Facts about the name Smith

  • What name lists does Smith rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Smith? Smith is the 4,013th most popular name of all time. As a last name Smith was the 1st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Smith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,417 babies born with the first name Smith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Smith to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Smith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Smith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Smith is Sunday, January 13th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Smith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Smith was in 2016 with a total of 162 babies.
  • Random Smith Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Smith is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Smith: Your name in reverse order is Htims. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ithms. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Smith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,442,977 people with the last name Smith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Smith? Smith was ranked as the 1st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.