Desmond Bruce Smith

10 August 1932–3 March 2002 (Age 69)
Wellington, New Zealand

The Life of Desmond Bruce

When Desmond Bruce Smith was born on 10 August 1932, his father, Angus Otto Hans Smith, was 38 and his mother, Alice Margaret Weston, was 44. He married Shirley Mary Bailey on 19 October 1957, in Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. He died on 3 March 2002, at the age of 69.

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Desmond Bruce Smith
Shirley Mary Bailey
Marriage: 19 October 1957

Spouse and Children

19 October 1957
Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand

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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)

  • Desmond B Smith in entry for Shirley Mary Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Desmond Bruce Smith, "BillionGraves Index"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Desmond Bruce Smith - Individual or family possessions: burial: 6 March 2002; Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

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