William Smith

17 February 1850–22 February 1853 (Age 3)
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Smith was born on 17 February 1850, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, William P Smith, was 40 and his mother, Rebecca Mary Grimshaw, was 35. He lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850. He died on 22 February 1853, in Union, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 3, and was buried in Union, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William P Smith
1810–1893
Rebecca Mary Grimshaw
1814–1856
Nathan Smith Sr.
1835–1909
Ann Smith
1837–1837
Richard Smith
1838–1839
Maria Smith
1840–1842
Alice Smith
1842–1919
Joseph Smith
1845–1928
Mary Ann Smith
1847–1919
William Smith
1850–1853
Hyrum Smith
1852–1916
Thomas Smith
1855–1885
Johnny Smith
1856–1857

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Name Meaning

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 .

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

Possible Related Names

Smithe
Smither
Smithey
Smyth
Smythe
McGowan
Smead
Faber

Sources (4)

  • William Smith in household of William Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Smith, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"
  • William Smith, "Find A Grave Index"

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