In times gone by a person had a first name followed by a description of anything that sets him apart, his home town, his red hair, his job..... The one profession that was needed everywhere was a smith. This made a smith a well off and respected person, so much so that a blacksmith was proud to be called "smith" and he would insist on being referred to as smith.
The situation is somewhat similar for the name John. John the Baptist is an outstanding character and the name is popular in most Christian countries. Join the popular John with the plentiful Smith and you end up with a whole lot of them.
Some might seem a little different. Thus:- In Latin it is Johannes Smithus; At Canton it is Jahon Smith; To the Dutchman it is Jan Smid; The English flattened it to John Smith; The French smoothed it off to Jean Schmeets; The Greece render it 'Ion Sinikton; The Germans turned it into Hans Schmidt; Icelanders adopted it as Jahne Smithson; Italians say he is Giovanni Smithi; In Poland he becomes Ivan Schmittiweiski; In Mexico he is known as Jontli F'Smitri; Among the Russians they call him Jonloff Smittowski; In South Africa it will be Johannes Smit; Amongst the Spaniards his name is written Juan Smithus; In the Tuscaroras he is almost disguised as Tom Qa Smittia; In Turkey he turns to Yoe Seef; In the Welsh mountains his name is Jihon Schmidd; Portuguese for sure Joao Smide and from Europe in general Johann, Johannes or Hans can be in combination with Schmied, Schmit, Schmitt or Schmitz.
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