The German, Austrian and Swiss surname Schmidt is of occupational origin meaning somebody that worked as a blacksmith. Amongst the earliest German recordings of the surname are probably those of Henricus Schmitt of Rostock in 1287 and Nicolas Smedeke of Greifswald in 1388. Niclas Schmidt (also recorded as Schmid), is registered at Athens, Green County, New York, on April 26th 1739. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Johannes Schmitt, which was dated 1268, recorded in Hamburg, northern Germany, during the reign of Emperor Alphonso I (1257 - 1273).
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