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Smythe Family History

Smythe Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a forge, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a one, from Middle English smithe, smythy ‘smithy’. variant of Smith.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Smithey, Smithe, Smith, Wythe, Smither, Smyth, Sayne, Slate, Blythe

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Where is the Smythe family from?

You can see how Smythe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smythe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smythe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 114 Smythe families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Smythe's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Smythe families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smythe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smythe ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Smythe. 27% of Smythe men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Smythe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smythe were Student and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Farmers Son
    8%
  • Labourer
    6%
  • Student
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    21%
  • Nurse
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Smythe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Smythe. For the veterans among your Smythe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smythe lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Smythe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Smythe in 1948 was 55, and 75 in 2004.

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