Smythe Family CrestThe surname Smythe is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word smitan meaning “to smite or strike.” The name Smythe is an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname one of the most common of all surnames. Smythe is first recorded as a last name in England in the 10th Century, and is also found in Ireland and Scotland.

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