Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. SMITH  [key·IPA]

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).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesSmeets, Smets, Smit, Smits(Dutch) De Smet(Flemish) Schmid, Schmidt, Schmitt, Schmitz(German)
Given Name DescendantSmith(English)


Entry updated February 12, 2018