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Samantha Smith in the US

  1. #1,636 Michael Richardson
  2. #1,637 Robert Murray
  3. #1,638 Donald White
  4. #1,639 Kelly Miller
  5. #1,640 Samantha Smith
  6. #1,641 David Watson
  7. #1,642 Howard Smith
  8. #1,643 Charles Carter
  9. #1,644 Hoa Nguyen
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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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