Hi Bill, One of my lines are some Ostfriesians from the corner of Germany near Holland.They have a couple of naming traditions.First, they started to very reluctantly use Surnames after some Napeolian edict. Second, they don't want a given name to be lost.So names repeat.If a child dies, then the next child born is given that name. I have to live with that too .
My question is sort of dumb but I wondered... so decided to ask the question.I've never heard of "Smith" as a nickname. A big duh to me about the blacksmith etc.