Despite the fact that the Irish already had developed a system of hereditary surnames
, the Anglo-Norman invaders imported their own naming principles. The Strongbow
invasion marked the first introduction of non-Gaelic elements into Ireland
. One of the most common types of surnames at this time was the patronymic
surname, which was formed from the name of the initial bearer's father. Often, and especially in the case of French names, this was done through the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." Another way of forming patronymic names used by the Strongbownians was the use of the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius
," both of which mean "son." Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders
, it is now unknown in France and is found only in Ireland. The surname Fitzkimmons is derived from the personal name
Simon. The common Norman form of this name was Simund, which was ultimately derived from the personal name "Shim'on," which is derived from the verb "sham'a," which means to "hearken." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix "Fitz," which means "son of" in Anglo-French. The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzkimmons is Mac Shiomóin. Variations in the spelling of this surname were extremely common.
Early Origins of the Fitzkimmons family
The surname Fitzkimmons was first found in County Cavan
, where they had been granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke for their assistance in the Anglo/ Norman invasion
in 1172. Though Fitzsimmons is an ancient name in Ireland
, the surname is actually derived from the Normans
and made its way into Ireland
by way of England.
Early History of the Fitzkimmons family
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Fitzkimmons Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Fitzkimmons, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Fitzsimmons, FitzSimon, FitzSimons, FitzKimmons, FitzKimmins, FitzSymons, Fitzsimmins, Fitzsymmons, Fitzkimmons, Fitzkimmins, Fitzsimon, Fitzsymons and many more.
Early Notables of the Fitzkimmons family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fitzkimmons family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Fitzkimmons: Thomas Fitzsimmons who settled in Maryland in 1776; P. Fitzsimmons settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821; Edward Fitzsimmons settled in New York in 1822.