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Where did the English Simmonds family come from? What is the English Simmonds family crest and coat of arms? When did the Simmonds family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Simmonds family history?

The notable Simmonds family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Hebrew personal name Shimon, meaning to hearken.


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Symons, Symonds, Symond, Simmins, Simins, Simmonds, Simonds, Simond, Simmons, Simon, Simmon, Simmen, Symon and many more.

First found in Devon and in Cornwall, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simmonds research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1273, 1379, 1388, 1623, 1665, 1640, 1687, 1617, 1692, 1623, 1665, 1617 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Simmonds History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simmonds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Simmonds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Simmonds:

Simmonds Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Simmonds, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Mary Simmonds, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Thomas Simmonds, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Simmonds Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Simmonds, who landed in Jamaica in 1787

Simmonds Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • L Simmonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Simmonds, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Edith Simmonds, aged 7, landed in New York in 1868
  • Eliza Simmonds, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Elizabeth Simmonds, aged 4, landed in New York in 1868


  • Buck Simmonds, American actor
  • Mickey Simmonds (b. 1959), English session keyboardist, arranger and composer
  • Donovan Ashton Simmonds (b. 1988), English professional footballer
  • Stuart Simmonds (b. 1976), English cricketer
  • Kim Simmonds (b. 1947), Welsh guitarist
  • the Right Honourable Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds (b. 1936), founding member of the People's Action Movement (PAM) party of St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Rosemary Elizabeth "Posy" Simmonds (b. 1945), British newspaper cartoonist and writer and illustrator
  • Wayne Simmonds (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • Elizabeth Clare Simmonds (b. 1991), British backstroke swimmer
  • Chanel Simmonds (b. 1992), South African professional tennis player



  • Reluctant Gentile: The Life and Times of Andrew Simmonds, 1844-1925 by A.J. Simmonds.

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The Simmonds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simmonds Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 August 2014 at 19:21.

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