How was the surname Smith viewed in post medieval England? Was it associated with lower class working people or did the name appear in the aristocracy as well?

considering its the most common name in English speaking countries you would assume its been around for a very long time.. was there aristocracy with this name or has it survived so long because smiths were vital to the war efforts of English speaking nations and didn’t tend to see combat?

it makes sense that nations would not require their weapon smiths to fight as they would have logistical issues with providing weapons to their armies.. Is this why the surname smith has survived in such an over proportional way than other surnames?

on top of this, has there been any famous historical aristocracy with a surname equivalent to smith or is it a purely working class surname?

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What do you think?

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