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Where did the English Sympson family come from? What is the English Sympson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sympson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sympson family history?The origins of the name Sympson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name Simon, which was originally derived from the Hebrew word Shimeon meaning obedience. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sympson has been spelled many different ways, including Simpson, Simson, Simsoun, Symson, Symsoun and many more.
First found in Buckinghamshire where Simpson was listed in the Domesday Book as Sevinstone or Siwinestone, lands held by the Bishop of Countances. The place literally meant "farmstead of a man called Sigewine" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + tun.  At the time, the land consisted of 8 hides (each hide would support one household), 3 virgates (three quarters of a hide) and land enough to support 8 ploughs. There were 13 villans (peasants), 2 bordars and 6 slaves . Today Simpson is a village and civil parish in Milton Keynes and had a population of 585 people in the late 1800s.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sympson research. Another 341 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1405, 1500, 1602 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Sympson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sympson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sympson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sympsons to arrive in North America:
Sympson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sympson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.
The Sympson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sympson 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.
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