William Smith

18 April 1860–4 May 1860
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Smith was born on 18 April 1860, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Hugh Smith, was 39 and his mother, Jane Simpson, was 38. He died on 4 May 1860, in his hometown, at the age of 0, and was buried in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Hugh Smith
Jane Simpson
Hugh Smith
Margaret Smith
Elizabeth Smith
Isabella Gray Smith
John Smith
William Smith
Jane Smith
Cathrine Smith
James Simpson Smith
William Smith

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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, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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