Simard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Simard family

The surname Simard was first found in Guyenne in south-west France where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Pitray. Guyenne was formerly a part of Aquitaine.

By the 14th century they had branched northward to the adjacent region of Angoumois. The main stem of the family were elevated to the Noblesse at Pitray. They became Vicomtes in the year 1860.

They flourished in this area of south-western France until the Revolution when, as with most of the other aristocratic families, they were subject to the persecutions of the new government.

Noel Simard, son of Pierre and Suzanne (née Durand), left France on 21st June 1657 to travel to New France aboard the ship "Le Taureau". Noel married Madeleine Racine in Quebec on 22nd November 1661. They settled together in Baie-Saint-Paul and remained there until his death on 24th July 1715. Noel and Madeleine had twelve children together that carried on the family name of Simard. [1]

Early History of the Simard family

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Simard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Simard, Simmard, Simart, Simmart, Simar, Simat, Simmar, Simmat, Simas, Simmas, Simmarre and many more.

Early Notables of the Simard family (pre 1700)

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Simard World Ranking

In the United States, the name Simard is the 8,432nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Simard is ranked the 59th most popular surname with an estimated 35,622 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Simard is the 19th popular surname. [4] France ranks Simard as 5,393rd with 1,000 - 1,500 people. [5]


United States Simard migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Basil Simard, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [6]
  • Paul Simard, who landed in Massachusetts in 1757 [6]
Simard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jules Simard, aged 24, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Alaide Simard, aged 37, who settled in America from Paris, in 1906
  • Mrs. Simard, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1906
  • Alexander Simard, aged 25, who landed in America from Martignef, France, in 1909
  • Armand Simard, aged 58, who immigrated to the United States from Mortiguy Les Bains, France, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Simard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Noel Simard, who arrived in Quebec from Angoumois in the year 1657
  • Noel Simard, son of Pierre and Suzanne, who married Madeleine Racine, daughter of Etienne and Marguerite, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 22nd November 1661 [7]
  • Noel Simard, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Anne Dodier, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 26th April 1689 [7]
  • Pierre Simard, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Claire Dodier, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 26th December 1690 [7]
  • Etienne Simard, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Rosalie Bouchard, daughter of Claude and Louise, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 22nd November 1695 [7]
Simard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Simard, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Marie Boivin, daughter of Pierre and Etienette, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 30th October 1702 [7]
  • Augustin Simard, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Marguerite Paré, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Quebec on 24th June 1710 [7]
  • Ange Simard, son of Noel and Anne, who married Thérèse Letartre, daughter of Charles and Marie, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 26th August 1716 [7]
  • Augustin Simard, son of Noel and Anne, who married Marie-Angélique Barthélemy, daughter of Thomas and Geneviève, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 20th April 1729 [7]
  • Etienne Simard, son of Pierre and Claire, who married Marie-Geneviève Blouin, daughter of Jacques and Geneviève, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 28th August 1730 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • C. J. Simard, aged 27, who settled in Quebec, in 1905
  • Jos. Geo. Simard, aged 41, who immigrated to Montreal, in 1906
  • Charles O. Simard, aged 44, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1908
  • Jane Simard, aged 18, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1908
  • Charles Simard, aged 45, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Simard (post 1700) +

  • René Claud Simard CM (b. 1961), Canadian pop singer from Quebec
  • Caroline Simard, Canadian politician, MNA for Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré
  • Serge Simard (b. 1950), Canadian politician, MNA for Dubuc, Quebec (2008-2012)
  • Télesphore Simard (1878-1955), Canadian businessman and politician, 30th Mayor of Quebec City (1927-1928)
  • Télesphore Simard (1863-1924), Canadian politician, Member of Quebec Assembly for Témiscamingue (1916-1924)
  • Geneviève Simard (b. 1980), Canadian alpine skier at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Raymond Simard PC (b. 1958), Canadian politician from Manitoba, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface (2002-2008)
  • Claude Alphonse Simard (1943-2014), Canadian painter, known for his garden scenes, landscapes and still lifes
  • Sophie Simard (b. 1978), Canadian two-time bronze medalist Olympic swimmer at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • René Simard OC, FRSC (b. 1935), Canadian physician, cancer researcher and university administrator
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  4. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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