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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.

Simcox Early Origins



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

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Simcox Spelling Variations


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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.

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Simcox Early History


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Simcox Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Simcox Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Simcox Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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Contemporary Notables of the name Simcox (post 1700)


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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

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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 5 October 2015 at 20:39.

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