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Origin Displayed: Dutch

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smit, Smitt, Smitte, Smites, Smitts, Smiit, Smiites, Smittes, van Smit, Smut, Smutts, van Smutts, Schmit, Schmidt, van Schmidt and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Claes Claesen Smitt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1653; Andries Smit, who arrived in England or America in 1709; Adam Schmit, who arrived in England or America in 1709.

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Suggested Readings for the name Schmidt
Descendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena Kopfenstein by Bertha Louise Schmidt Krause, Johan Schmidt and Six Generations of his Descendants, 1850 to 1987 by Damon Purinton, Sixteen Maryland Families by Richard Gary Schmidt.

Some noteworthy people of the name Schmidt
  • Annie M. G. Schmidt (1911-1995), Dutch writer
  • Franz Schmidt (1874-1939), Viennese composer, pianist and cellist
  • Arno Schmidt (1910-1979), controversial experimental writer
  • Helmut Schmidt (b. 1918), Chancellor of West Germany from 1974-82
  • Adolph Schmidt (b. 1904), U.S. Ambassador to Canada 1969-74
  • Erhard Schmidt (1876-1959), German mathematician
  • Mike Schmidt (b. 1949), American baseball player
  • Major General Harry Schmidt (1886-1968), American sailor awarded the Navy Cross in 1918
  • Johannes Schmidt (1877-1933), Danish biologist awarded the Darwin Medal in 1930
  • Brian P. Schmidt (b. 1967), American astrophysicist and co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics


Learn More About Dutch Surnames


The early history of the Netherlands was fraught with conflict. In the 1st century, the original inhabitants of this area, who were primarily Celts and Frisians, came under the control of the Roman Empire. By the 5th century, the Franks had forced the Romans to withdraw, and they dominated this region until the end of the 8th century. In the 11th century, the area that is now the Netherlands, came under the power of the Holy Roman Empire. It was divided up into fiefs, and parceled out to various dukes. In 1477, these fiefs came into the possession of the Hapsburgs.


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