Sammons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Sammons family
The surname Sammons was first found in Devon and in Cornwall, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
Simeon or Symeon of Durham ( fl. 1130), was an English historian, a monk of Durham, being thirty-eighth on his own list of the monks of that house. Saint Simeon Stock (1165?-1265), was general of the Carmelite friars and is said to have been born in Kent of noble parents about 1165. "From his earliest years he was devoted to religion, and, according to the legend, owed his surname to the fact that from his twelfth year he lived a hermit's life in the trunk or stock of a tree for twenty years. " 
Simeon of Warwick (died 1295), was an English historian who became a Benedictine monk at St. Mary's, York, and in 1258 was elected abbot.
Early History of the Sammons family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sammons family (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?), an English medalist to the Royal Mint with his brother, Thomas Simon (c. 1623-1665); and Richard Symonds (1617-1692?), an English Royalist and antiquary, best known for his eye-witness diary of the events of the First English Civil War. Sir George Simeon was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament...
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Migration of the Sammons family to Ireland
Some of the Sammons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Sammons migration to Canada +
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Sammons:
Sammons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Sammons, who landed in Canada in 1841
Sammons migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Sammons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Sammons, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) 
Sammons migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Sammons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Sammons, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Ann Sammons, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Ann Sammons, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Mr. William Sammons, (b. 1854), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
- William Sammons, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
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 
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