A German and Dutch surname of Schmidt is from the original surname of â€˜schmiedâ€˜. The original Middle High German word was â€˜smitâ€™. It means a metal worker such as a blacksmith. The English version is the surname of Smith.
Spelling variations are Schmid, Schmidt, Schmitz, Schmitz, Schmied, Smythe and Schmitt.
In Germany and surrounding countries such as Austria, the Schmidt surname is very common.
England has its highest numbers of those with the Schmidt surname in London. In other regions of England and some locations in Wales the Schmidt surname is also founded.
In the United States, Schmidt families are chiefly in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Famous: Crazy Schmidt (professional baseball player), Helmut Schmidt (chancellor of West Germany), Mike Schmidt (professional baseball player), Bernhard Schmidt (inventor of the Schmidt camera), Jason Schmidt (professional baseball player), Rob Schmidt (film writer and director), Ulderico Schmidt (16th century German writer) and Michael Schmidt (Mexico and English poet and author).