Leonard Smith in the US

  1. #3,331 James Gallagher
  2. #3,332 John Bryant
  3. #3,333 Nancy Thomas
  4. #3,334 Khanh Nguyen
  5. #3,335 Leonard Smith
  6. #3,336 Patrick Jones
  7. #3,337 Robert Hansen
  8. #3,338 Karen King
  9. #3,339 Maria Leon
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Meaning & Origins

From an Old French personal name of Germanic origin, derived from leon ‘lion’ + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’. This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint, the patron of peasants and horses. Although it was introduced into Britain by the Normans, Leonard was an uncommon name during the Middle Ages. It was revived in some areas towards the end of the 1400s, and in the 19th‐century became very popular. It is now also common as a Jewish name (compare Leon).
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English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).
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