Simmonds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The notable Simmonds family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Hebrew personal name Shimon, meaning to hearken.

Early Origins of the Simmonds family

The surname Simmonds was first found in Devon and in Cornwall, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

Simeon or Symeon of Durham ( fl. 1130), was an English historian, a monk of Durham, being thirty-eighth on his own list of the monks of that house. Saint Simeon Stock (1165?-1265), was general of the Carmelite friars and is said to have been born in Kent of noble parents about 1165. "From his earliest years he was devoted to religion, and, according to the legend, owed his surname to the fact that from his twelfth year he lived a hermit's life in the trunk or stock of a tree for twenty years. " [1]

Simeon of Warwick (died 1295), was an English historian who became a Benedictine monk at St. Mary's, York, and in 1258 was elected abbot.

Early History of the Simmonds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simmonds research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1273, 1379, 1388, 1623, 1665, 1640, 1687, 1617, 1692, 1623, 1665, 1617, 1692, 1614, 1624, 1528, 1586, 1487, 1525, 1475, 1487 and are included under the topic Early Simmonds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simmonds 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 Symons, Symonds, Symond, Simmins, Simins, Simmonds, Simonds, Simond, Simmons, Simon, Simmon, Simmen, Symon and many more.

Early Notables of the Simmonds family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Symons, M.P. for Helston in 1388; Thomas Simon (c. 1623-1665), English medalist, born in Yorkshire who studied engraving under Nicholas Briot; Samuel Simmons (1640-1687), an English printer, best known as the first publisher of several works by John Milton; Abraham Simon (1617-1692?), an English medalist to the Royal Mint with his brother, Thomas Simon (c. 1623-1665); and Richard Symonds (1617-1692?), an English Royalist and antiquary, best known for his eye-witness diary of the events of the First English Civil War. Sir George Simeon was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament...
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Ireland Migration of the Simmonds family to Ireland

Some of the Simmonds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Simmonds migration to the United States +

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Simmonds:

Simmonds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Simmonds, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Mary Simmonds, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Thomas Simmonds, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
Simmonds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Simmonds, who landed in Jamaica in 1787 [2]
Simmonds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Simmonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • William Simmonds, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • Edith Simmonds, aged 7, who landed in New York in 1868 [2]
  • Eliza Simmonds, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1868 [2]
  • Elizabeth Simmonds, aged 4, who landed in New York in 1868 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Simmonds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simmonds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Simmonds, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William Simmonds U.E. who settled in St. John River [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1777 travelled from Boston to Halifax, Nova Scotia [3]
  • Sgt. Daniel Simmonds U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786 [3]
  • Mr. Nicholas Simmonds U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1786 [3]

Australia Simmonds migration to Australia +

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

Simmonds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Simmonds, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Richard Simmonds, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Jane Simmonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • Charlotte Simmonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [6]
  • William Simmonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Simmonds migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Simmonds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Louis Simmonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Simmonds, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • L Simmonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Indemnity"
  • W Simmonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Indemnity
  • Joseph Simmonds, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Simmonds (post 1700) +

  • Buck Simmonds, American actor
  • Stuart Simmonds (b. 1976), English cricketer
  • Donovan Ashton Simmonds (b. 1988), English professional footballer
  • Mickey Simmonds (b. 1959), English session keyboardist, arranger and composer
  • Mr. Gordon Robert William Simmonds B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the Church Community in Rochford, Essex
  • Douglas Simmonds (1958-2011), British child actor
  • Roy Simmonds (1928-2008), Australian rules footballer
  • Pip Simmonds, New Zealander freestyle skier
  • Morris Simmonds (1855-1925), German physician and pathologist
  • Robert Henry Simmonds OC (b. 1926), the 17th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Mary Simmonds (1893-1914), née Mahony Canadian Second Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
  • Mr. Reginald Simmonds (1887-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Ambrose Joseph  Simmonds (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Simmonds, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Simmonds +

  • 97 Reluctant Gentile: The Life and Times of Andrew Simmonds, 1844-1925 by A.J. Simmonds.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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