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 <grin>.
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.
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