Samantha Smith in the US

  1. #1,430 Carmen Martinez
  2. #1,431 Jose Mendez
  3. #1,432 Maria Pena
  4. #1,433 Maria Contreras
  5. #1,434 Samantha Smith
  6. #1,435 Maria Alvarado
  7. #1,436 William Cooper
  8. #1,437 Kelly Brown
  9. #1,438 Stephen Williams
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Meaning & Origins

Of problematic and much debated origin. It arose in the United States at the end of the 18th century, possibly as a combination of Sam (from Samuel) + a newly coined feminine suffix -antha (perhaps suggested by Anthea).
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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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