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TypeSurname (from occupation)
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.SMITH

Meaning & History

Means "metalworker, blacksmith" from Old English smiþ, related to smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world. A famous bearer was the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).