Origins of surname
This, the commonest of all UK surnames, comfortably ahead of Jones, Taylor and Williams, is renowned as being the most difficult for family historians to research, just because there are so many of them, and have been for a long time.
Contrary to popular misconception, the origins of the name have nothing to do with a blacksmith, or any other sort of smith. The name comes from the word smitan, meaning 'to smite', and as such is believed to have described not a worker in iron, but a soldier, one who smote. That he also probably wore armour, which he would have been required to repair, may have lead to the secondary meaning
The name has been present in Jersey since the 1620s, although our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames, which was compiled not without an element of insular snobbery, ignores it.
The 14 baptisms registered between 1621 and 1778 were all girls.
- Smith baptisms in Jersey
- Smith marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Smith marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Smith burials in Jersey
Great War service
- James Smith, a silversmith and clockmaker was in business at 75 King Street in the 1830s and '40s, later in partnership with G Bensa
- Londoner Albert Smith became one of Jersey's most successful commercial photographers
Family photo album
A Smith family gathering at Highfield, St Saviour c1909, photographed by Francis Foot
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The grave of Great War casualty Francis Henry Smith at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery
The grave of Great War casualty George Harry Smith at Bonnay Communal Cemetery, near Corbie
The grave of Great War casualty Joseph James Smith at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
The grave of Great War casualty Percy Oliver Smith at Hagle Dump Cemetery, Ypres
The grave of Great War casualty Walter Smith at St Vaast Communal Cemetery, near Cambrai
The grave of Great War casualty Ernest Duhamel Smith at Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
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