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The notable Sammons 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.

Sammons Early Origins



The surname Sammons was first found in Devon and in Cornwall, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Sammons Spelling Variations


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Sammons Spelling Variations



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.

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Sammons Early History


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Sammons Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sammons research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1273, 1379, 1388, 1623, 1665, 1640, 1687, 1617, 1692, 1623, 1665, 1617, 1692, 1614, 1624 and are included under the topic Early Sammons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sammons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sammons Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Symons, M.P. for Helston in 1388; Thomas Simon ( c. 1623-1665), English medalist, born in Yorkshire who studied engraving under Nicholas Briot; Samuel Simmons (1640-1687), an English printer, best known as the first publisher of several works by John Milton; Abraham Simon (1617-1692?)...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sammons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sammons In Ireland


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Sammons In Ireland



Some of the Sammons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sammons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Sammons, who landed in Canada in 1841

Sammons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Sammons, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Sammons, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Sammons, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Sammons, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sammons (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sammons (post 1700)



  • Thomas Sammons (1762-1838), United States Congressional Representative from New York
  • Lafayette Sammons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956
  • L. T. Sammons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912
  • Hume L. Sammons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928
  • Harvey A. Sammons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Gordon W. Sammons (1896-1974), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marshall County, 1951-54, 1963-64; Defeated, 1960
  • Frederick Sammons (1760-1838), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1799-1800, 1801-02; Presidential Elector for New York, 1836
  • Edward J. Sammons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932
  • Eddie Sammons, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1932
  • Bernard Sammons, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 5th District, 1957-58; Appointed 1957; Defeated, 1958
  • ... (Another 5 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



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Sammons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sammons 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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