Show ContentsSimcox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Simcox. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Simcox family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Simcox is a local type of surname and the Simcox family lived in the village of Simcoe in the county of Cornwall.

Early Origins of the Simcox family

The surname Simcox was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Simcox family

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Simcox 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 Simcoe, Simco, Simcock, Simcox and others.

Early Notables of the Simcox family

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Simcocks (1609-1695), English Jesuit, born in London in 1609. "Destined from early life for the priesthood, he studied the humanities at the college of St. Omer. In 1631 he entered...
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Simcox Ranking

In the United States, the name Simcox is the 12,518th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Australia Simcox migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Simcox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Simcox, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Benjamin Simcox, English convict who was convicted in Herefordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Simon Simcox, (b. 1813), aged 19, English miner who was convicted in Shorpshire, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Simcox, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years for theft, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [5]
  • Mr. George Simcox who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Simcox (post 1700) +

  • Carroll Eugene Simcox (1912-2002), American Episcopal priest and editor of The Living Church magazine
  • Robert Leonard Simcox (b. 1968), American talk radio host and paranormal investigator
  • Grover Simcox (1867-1966), well-known American illustrator, naturalist and polymath
  • Chris Simcox (b. 1961), the American co-founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
  • Thomas William Simcox (b. 1937), former American actor
  • George Augustus Simcox (1841-1905), British classical scholar and poet
  • Edith Jemima Simcox (1844-1901), British writer, trade union activist, and early feminist
  • Earl Simcox Swensson FAIA (1930-2022), American architect and founder of Earl Swensson Associates (ESA), an architectural firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, known for many notable buildings in Nashville, including the Batman Building, Centennial Medical Center and Opryland Hotel

The Simcox Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non sibi sed patriae
Motto Translation: For his country, not for himself.

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  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022).
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from on Facebook