Margaret Smith

about 1754–
Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

The Life of Margaret

Margaret Smith was born about 1754, in Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. She had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with William Meikle.

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Family Time Line

William Meikle
1750–
Margaret Smith
1754–
Jean Meikle
1779–
Alexander Meikle
1787–
Elizabeth Meikle
1790–1832
Robert Meikle
1800–

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children

(4)

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret Smith, "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • Margaret Smith in entry for Jean Meikle, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Margaret Smith, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

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