Examples from the Web for john smith
One sometimes even sees an ordinary Christian name joined to the surname by a hyphen, as John-Smith.How to Catalogue a Library|Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley
- a person who works in metal, esp one who shapes metal by hammering
- (in combination)a silversmith
Word Origin for smith
Old English smið "blacksmith, armorer, one who works in metal" (jewelers as well as blacksmiths), more broadly, "handicraftsman, practitioner of skilled manual arts" (also including carpenters), from Proto-Germanic *smithaz "skilled worker" (cf. Old Saxon smith, Old Norse smiðr, Danish smed, Old Frisian smith, Old High German smid, German Schmied, Gothic -smiþa, in aiza-smiþa "coppersmith"), from PIE root *smi- "to cut, work with a sharp instrument" (cf. Greek smile "knife, chisel"). Attested as a surname since at least c.975.
Old English smiðian "to forge, fabricate, design," from the source of smith (n.). Related: Smithed; smithing.