William Smith

7 December 1768–26 June 1769
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

William Smith was christened on 7 December 1768, in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom as the son of Elisabeth Smith. He died on 26 June 1769, at the age of 0.

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Elisabeth Smith
1748–
William Smith
1768–1769

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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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  • William Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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