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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 or Normandy, it is now unknown in France and is found only in Ireland. The surname Fitzsimons 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 Fitzsimons is Mac Shiomóin. Variations in the spelling of this surname were extremely common.

Fitzsimons Early Origins



The surname Fitzsimons 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.

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Fitzsimons Spelling Variations


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Fitzsimons Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Fitzsimons that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Fitzsimons has existed in the various shapes: Fitzsimmons, FitzSimon, FitzSimons, FitzKimmons, FitzKimmins, FitzSymons, Fitzsimmins, Fitzsymmons, Fitzkimmons, Fitzkimmins, Fitzsimon, Fitzsymons and many more.

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Fitzsimons Early History


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Fitzsimons Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzsimons research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1200, 1323, 1485, 1496, 1498, and 1505 are included under the topic Early Fitzsimons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitzsimons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitzsimons Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fitzsimons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Fitzsimons:

Fitzsimons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Fitzsimons, who arrived in America in 1795

Fitzsimons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ally Fitzsimons, aged 23, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • Patrick Fitzsimons, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • James Fitzsimons settled in New York in 1853
  • John Fitzsimons, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Fitzsimons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jeremiah Fitzsimons, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Fitzsimons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Fitzsimons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812

Fitzsimons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Fitzsimons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Fitzsimons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Terrene Fitzsimons, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzsimons (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzsimons (post 1700)



  • W. Dennis FitzSimons, American politician, Representative from Michigan 6th District, 2004
  • Thomas Fitzsimons (1741-1811), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1782; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1786-89
  • Maurice J. Fitzsimons Jr. (b. 1906), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Fond du Lac County 1st District, 1933-40
  • Joan Kriete Fitzsimons, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly 33rd District, 1975
  • James J. Fitzsimons, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Berlin, 1912
  • Charles FitzSimons, American Republican politician, Sergeant-at-Arms, Republican National Convention, 1888
  • Thomas FitzSimons (1741-1811), American merchant and statesman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lieutenant William T. Fitzsimons (1889-1917), United States Army officer in World War I
  • George Kinzie Fitzsimons (1928-2013), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Salina from 1984 to 2004
  • Dan Fitzsimons (b. 1969), American screenwriter
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  11. ...

The Fitzsimons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzsimons 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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