When Thomas Schmidt was born on 29 July 1895, in Loleta, Humboldt, California, United States, his father, Francis Otto Schmidt, was 51 and his mother, Hanna Tierney, was 34. He married Myrtle Luella Briggs on 4 May 1917, in Ferndale, Humboldt, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Scotia, Humboldt, California, United States in 1930 and Rio Dell, Humboldt, California, United States in 1950. He died on 11 August 1963, in Fortuna, Humboldt, California, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Otto, Hans, Erwin, Gerhard, Klaus, Helmut, Fritz, Manfred, Wolfgang, Ewald, Gunter.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German smit, German Schmied ‘blacksmith’. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in Denmark, France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine, also Nord), the Netherlands, Hungary, and Poland. It is also found in Slovakia, Czechia, Croatia, and Slovenia, where it is more common in Slavicized forms (see below). In part, Schmidt is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname, originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola, Slovenia (see Kocevar ).
Germanized form of Czech Šmíd and Šmít, Slovenian, Croatian, and Slovak Šmid or Šmit, surnames of German origin (see above and Smid 2 and Smit 3).