The notable Semmons 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 Semmons family
The surname Semmons was first found in Devon
and in Cornwall
, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Semmons family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Semmons 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, 1528, 1586 and are included under the topic Early Semmons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Semmons 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 Semmons 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?)... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Semmons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Semmons family to Ireland
Some of the Semmons family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Semmons family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Semmons: Robert and William Simons, who settled in Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the "Mayflower"; Henry Symons, who settled in Boston in 1630; Oliver, Sarah, Dorothy, Francis, James, and Joe Symonds, who all settled in Virginia in 1635.