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Smestad Surname Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of ten or more farmsteads notably in southeastern Norway mostly named from the Old Norse personal name Smithr literally ‘smith’ + Old Norse stathir ‘farmstead dwelling’.

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


Similar surnames: Shelstad, Mostad, Olstad, Barstad, Molstad, Morstad, Evenstad

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Where is the Smestad family from?

You can see how Smestad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smestad family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Smestad families were found in USA in 1920. In 1871 there were 2 Smestad families living in Perthshire. This was 100% of all the recorded Smestad's in Scotland. Perthshire had the highest population of Smestad families in 1871.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smestad surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smestad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Smestad. 36% of Smestad men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Smestad women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smestad were Farming and Maid. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Carpenter
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farming
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • House Work
    60%
  • Maid
    40%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Smestad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smestad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 392 immigration records available for the last name Smestad. 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 337 military records available for the last name Smestad. For the veterans among your Smestad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smestad lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Smestad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Smestad in 1959 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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