Smith

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Smith can refer to a person who practices smithing, to a very common family name or to part of a place name or location.

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Smithing

A smith or metalsmith is a person involved in the shaping of metal objects. The traditional working place for a smith is a forge or smithy. There are many different kinds of smiths:

In pre-industrialized times, a smith was a person of high or special social standing, as he would supply the metal tools needed for efficient farming (especially the plough).

The word smith is cognate with the somewhat archaic English (Germanic) word smite, meaning to hit or strike. Originally smiths practiced their crafts by forming metal with hammer blows. In this sense, the English word predates the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain.

See also Category:Smiths

Family name

Smith as a surname is a common family name amongst those of English descent. Moreover, it was often taken by non-English immigrants in order to blend into the majority culture more easily. It is consequently the most common surname in both the United States, comprising more than 1% of the population counted during the 1990 census, and the United Kingdom.

Names with disambiguation pages:

The character Agent Smith from the Matrix trilogy also uses the ubiquitous name.

International use

In other languages cognates to English "smith" tend to be very popular family names too:

Place names and locations

Smith is a common part of a place name or locations, particularly in the United States of America.

See also:

Other uses of "smith"

Other languages

  • Schmidt – German
  • Haddad – Arabic
de:Schmied

fr:Forgeron no:Smed

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