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Last name originating mainly in the American midwest, in Tennessee and Missouri.[1]

Traditional derivation

Americanized form of southern French de la Chaumette, a topographic name for someone who lived on a chaumette, a high, arid plateau with very little vegetation, derived from a diminutive of chaume ‘bare land’ (a specialized sense of Latin calmus ‘calm’, ‘unruffled’).[2]

Also possibly derived from

“De la” from the French “of the” and “shmit” from German “Schmidt” or “smith” From the Alsace Lorraine region of France/Germany, where such name combinations of German & French are common.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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