LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/JAN/2006 7:41 PM|
|Assunto:||About Smith (to Dale)|
*(Smith and Jones are considered very common names in English. Surprisingly, they are Welsh surnames, not English.)
Smith is very anglo-saxon and exists for example in German, Dutch and Swedish as resp.schmitt,smid and smed both as the name for a profession and as a surname.
Those surnames are / were as common as baker.
While Welshmen may well have have adopted that name as a surname, I would say the origins are germanic.
When the Anglo-Saxons rowed their boats across the North Sea to Limeyland some 1500 years ago it is likely they took with them smiths and bakers, professionals, without whose expertise civilizations can not be built.
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