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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 6 months ago

How big is the Smith family it is like everywhere you go you will find someone with the last name Smith.?

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  • Maxi
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    6 months ago
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    Just like first names, surnames when taken were chosen, so there is no 'one' family called Smith, there are many millions of totally separate families who happen to use the same surname, although I think you already know that

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  • 6 months ago

    Patel H. Smith common surnames into one name.

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  • Cogito
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    6 months ago

    It's not a family - it's a name.

    People whose surname is Smith are usually - not always - descended from someone whose trade was some kind of smith. There were, and still are, hundreds of thousands of smiths by trade. They aren't all related.

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  • 6 months ago

    There are thousands of quite unrelated families called Smith. The reason for this is that in the Middle Ages, which is when English-speaking people adopted surnames, every village needed a smith, but usually just one. The smith had a very important function in the community, so when you needed to distinguish him from all the other men with the same given name in the village, it came naturally to everyone call him Thomas Smith (rather than something like Thomas Johnson after his father, or Thomas Long for his height, or Thomas Hill for where he lived) and call his family the Smith family.

    The same thing happened in many other parts of Europe: there are thousands of Germans called Schmidt, Spaniards called Herrero, Hungarians called Kovacs, et cetera: all these surnames mean 'smith'. And no, they are not all related to each other, either.

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  • 6 months ago

    Unfortunately with the super common ones such as Smith it's probably just simply that, common.

    Surnames often originate from things such as a location, appearance, a family kinship (these are often those with "son" or "kin(s)" in them) or the work someone did.

    A name like Smith probably originated from people who, as one might expect, worked as a smith. Which, back when surnames were becoming a thing there were A LOT of people who worked jobs as a smith of some kind. Thus it likely naturally became very common.

    People of lesser common names are more likely to actually be related, unlike those of very common ones.

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