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Smead Surname Meaning

English:: occupational name from Middle English smeth(e) ‘smith’ a phonetic variant of Smith 1 that was widespread in medieval England especially in south-eastern and south-western counties. topographic occupational and habitational name from Middle English smethe ‘smithy forge’ (Old English smethe) a side form of Smith 2 for someone who lived and worked at a blacksmith's or who lived in or came from a place so named such as Smeeth (Kent) or Smeed Farm in Hastingleigh (Kent). Compare the synonymous Smithey . occasionally perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived on or by a level place from Middle English smethe ‘flat or open place level’. occasionally perhaps a nickname for someone with smooth skin or hair or someone with a calm or gentle manner from Middle English smethe ‘smooth calm gentle’ (Old English smethe).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Stead, Mead, Sneed, Read, Seal, Seed, Sheard, Speed, Spear, Ashmead

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Where is the Smead family from?

You can see how Smead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smead families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 18 Smead families living in London. This was about 30% of all the recorded Smead's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Smead families in 1891.
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What did your Smead ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Smead. 100% of Smead women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Passenger Lists

There are 689 immigration records available for the last name Smead. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Smead. For the veterans among your Smead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smead lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Smead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Smead in 1947 was 53, and 70 in 2004.

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