Thomas Smith

about 1660–
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

Thomas Smith was born about 1660, in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom as the son of Lewis Smith and Frances. He married Mary Baker about 1686, in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Smith
1660–
Mary Baker
1662–
Marriage: about 1686
William Smith
1687–
Mary Smith
1698–
Richard Smith
1700–
Robert Smith
1702–
Thomas Smith
1706–
Thomas Smith
1708–
Isaac Smith
1711–
Abraham Smith
1715–
Jacob Smith
1717–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1686
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
children

(9)

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Parents and Siblings

    Lewis Smith

    Male1632–Male

    Frances

    FemaleFemale

siblings

(1)

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)

  • Thomas Smith in entry for William Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Smith in entry for Robert Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Smith in entry for Richard Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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