Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: English, Jewish

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

The notable Simmons 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.

 More

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.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simmons 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 Simmons History in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

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

 More

Some of the Simmons 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.

 More

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

Simmons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Moses Simmons, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Abram Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1634
  • Oliver Simmons, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1639
  • Robert Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1662


Simmons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Balthazer Simmons, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Catherin Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Frederick Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Melchoir Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Ludwig Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792


Simmons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Simmons, who landed in America in 1806
  • James L Simmons, aged 27, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • Wm Simmons, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Francis Simmons, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825
  • John, Simmons Jr., who arrived in New York in 1842


Simmons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William Simmons, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Simmons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Edward Simmons, aged 20, arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Stephen Simmons, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Isaac Simmons, who landed in Canada in 1841

Simmons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Simmons, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Jeremiah Simmons, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Elizabeth Simmons, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Simmons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839
  • Henry Simmons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840


Simmons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Weston Simmons landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Charles Simmons arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Ann Simmons arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Thomas Simmons arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Caroline Simmons arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857


 More

  • Adelma Simmons (1903-1997), American author and herbalist
  • Al Simmons (1902-1956), American baseball player
  • Matthew R. Simmons (1943-2010), chairman and CEO of Simmons & Company International
  • Edward Emerson Simmons (1852-1931), American impressionist painter
  • Roy Franklin Simmons (1956-2014), American football player who played for the National Football League
  • Jonathan Kimble "J.K." Simmons (b. 1955), American Academy Award winning actor, known for his roles in Whiplash (2014), Spider-Man (2002) and The Closer (2005)
  • Lili Simmons (b. 1992), American actress, known for Banshee (2013), Geek Charming (2011) and Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
  • Henry Simmons (b. 1970), American American Black Film Festival Award winning actor, known for his roles in NYPD Blue (1993), Another World (1964) and Taxi (2004)
  • Gene Simmons (b. 1949), born Chaim Weitz, American musician and television celebrity, co-founder of the supergroup, KISS, known for Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2006), The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
  • Lonnie Alexander "Lon" Simmons (1923-2015), American baseball and football broadcaster, awarded the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award

 More

 More

Popular Family Crest Products
 
Simmons Armorial History With Coat of ArmsSimmons Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Simmons Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageSimmons Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Simmons Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesSimmons Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Simmons Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainSimmons Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Simmons Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugSimmons Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Simmons Armorial History with FrameSimmons Armorial History with Frame
Simmons Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsSimmons Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms
More Family Crest Products
 More

 More

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Simmons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simmons 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 8 April 2015 at 12:06.

Sign Up


FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more