from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Smith, Adam 1723-1790. Scottish political economist and philosopher. His Wealth of Nations (1776) laid the foundations of classical free-market economic theory.
  • Smith, Alfred Emanuel Known as "the Happy Warrior.” 1873-1944. American politician. He served as governor of New York (1919-1920 and 1923-1928) and was defeated in the 1928 presidential election by Herbert Hoover.
  • Smith, Bessie 1894?-1937. American singer and songwriter who became a leading blues performer in the 1920s and made nearly 200 recordings, often with musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.
  • Smith, David 1906-1965. American sculptor best known for his use of scrap and welded metal, especially in Medals of Dishonor (1940), a series of bronze relief plaques which depict his opposition to violence and greed.
  • Smith, Hamilton Othanel Born 1931. American microbiologist. He shared a 1978 Nobel Prize for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to molecular genetics.
  • Smith, Hannah Whitall 1832-1911. American evangelist, writer, and reformer who was a founder of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1874).
  • Smith, Ian Douglas 1919-2007. Zimbabwean politician who unilaterally declared independence from Great Britain for the former colony of Rhodesia in 1965.
  • Smith, Jedediah Strong 1799-1831. American trader and explorer who opened a number of trade routes throughout the West.
  • Smith, John 1580?-1631. English colonist, explorer, and writer whose maps and accounts of his explorations in Virginia and New England were invaluable to later explorers and colonists.
  • Smith, Joseph 1805-1844. American religious leader. He founded (1830) the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and led his congregation westward from New York State to western Illinois, where he was murdered by an anti-Mormon mob.
  • Smith, Julia Evelina 1792-1886. American suffragist. With her sister Abby Hadassah Smith (1797-1878) she became famous for refusing to pay taxes until she could vote.
  • Smith, Kathryn Elizabeth Known as "Kate.” 1909-1986. American singer noted especially for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America,” first performed in 1938.
  • Smith, Margaret Chase 1897-1995. American politician who served as U.S. representative (1940-1949) and senator (1949-1973) from Maine.
  • Smith, Michael 1932-2000. British-born Canadian biochemist who developed a method for making a specific genetic mutation at any spot on a DNA molecule. He shared a 1993 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An English surname (the most common in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).


Middle English, from Old English smiþ ("metals craftsman") (Wiktionary)



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