These surnames are based on various languages’ words for the metalworking profession.
Though Smith is the most common last name in the United States and the United Kingdom, fewer than 5 million people worldwide bear the name (it ranks far behind the name Li, held by 108 million people). But you might be a Smith and not even know it. These surnames are based on various languages’ words for the metalworking profession:
From the August 2010 Family Tree Magazine