Spelling variations of this family name include: Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.
First found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Maria Schmidt, who came to New York State in 1710; and Johannes Schmidt came to Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709. Arnd Schmidt emigrated with his family and with many other Schmidts to England or America in 1709.
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