When Eugene George Smith was born on 21 August 1896, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Wilford Fowles Smith, was 34 and his mother, Louisa Preece, was 31. He married Gladys Marie Epps on 21 February 1921. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in San Gabriel Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940 and Alhambra, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1950. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 23 August 1984, in San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 88.
English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .
English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .
Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .