Schmidt Family History
Schmidt Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German smit German Schmied ‘blacksmith’. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe notably in Denmark France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine also Nord) the Netherlands Hungary and Poland. It is also found in Slovakia Czechia Croatia and Slovenia where it is more common in Slavicized forms (see below). In part Schmidt is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). Germanized form of Czech Šmíd and Šmít Slovenian Croatian and Slovak Šmid or Šmit surnames of German origin (see above and Smid 2 and Smit ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press