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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.

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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.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simcox research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simcox History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Simcox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, Austraila

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  • 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


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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 patrriae
Motto Translation: For his country, not for himself.

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The Simcox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simcox 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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