Origins Available: French
Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Simien is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
in France were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths
, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Simien is derived from the Hebrew personal name
Shim'on, meaning to hearken.
Early Origins of the Simien family
The surname Simien was first found in Lorraine
where they held a family seat
and are said to be descended from the first French Simon or Sigismond, the Duke of Lorraine
, 1115 A.D. who was succeeded by Simon II in 1179. There is also some distant relationship to Simond, King of Bourgogne.
Early History of the Simien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simien research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1712, 1731, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Simien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Simien Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Simon, Simond, Simmon, Simmond, Simeon, Simmeon, Simian, Simiane, Simmiane, Simmian, Le Simon, Simmonde, Simonde, Simont, Simonte, De Simon, Du Simon, du Simon, de Simon, Simons, Simmonne, Simmonet and many more.
Early Notables of the Simien family (pre 1700)
Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Simien family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Simien Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Justyna Simien, aged 21, originally from Lowczyce, Austria, who arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Cleveland" from Hamburg, Germany CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ2C-JZ4 : 6 December 2014), Justyna Simien, 27 Jun 1911; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Cleveland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Flores Simien, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Havana, Cuba CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNDD-G2G : 6 December 2014), Flores Simien, 28 Nov 1923; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Kroonland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Simien (post 1700)
- Tracy Anthony Simien (b. 1967), former professional American football linebacker
- Terrance Simien (b. 1965), American zydeco musician, vocalist and song writer
- Wayne Anthony Simien Jr. (b. 1983), American former professional basketball player
- Jean-Louis Simien, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) Jean-Louis Simien. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- William Simien (b. 1973), Canadian professional ice hockey player
The Simien 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: C'est mon plaisir
Motto Translation: It is my pleasure.