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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.

Simmonds Early Origins



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

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Simmonds Spelling Variations


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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.

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Simmonds Early History


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Simmonds Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simmonds research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1273, 1379, 1388, 1623, 1665, 1640, 1687, 1617, 1692, 1623, 1665, 1617, 1692, 1614, 1624 and are included under the topic Early Simmonds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simmonds Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Simmonds Early Notables (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?)...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simmonds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simmonds In Ireland


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Simmonds In Ireland



Some of the Simmonds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • Mary Simmonds, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Thomas Simmonds, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Simmonds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Simmonds, who landed in Jamaica in 1787

Simmonds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • L Simmonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Simmonds, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Edith Simmonds, aged 7, landed in New York in 1868
  • Eliza Simmonds, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Elizabeth Simmonds, aged 4, landed in New York in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Sgt. Daniel Simmonds U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Nicholas Simmonds U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1786 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Richard Simmonds, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Jane Simmonds arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Charlotte Simmonds arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • William Simmonds arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simmonds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Louis Simmonds landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Simmonds landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • L Simmonds landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Indemnity"
  • W Simmonds landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Indemnity
  • Joseph Simmonds, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simmonds (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Diana Simmonds (b. 1953), Australian journalist and arts critic
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Simmonds Historic Events


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Simmonds Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Reginald Simmonds (1887-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Ambrose Joseph  Simmonds (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Simmonds, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Simmonds


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Suggested Readings for the name Simmonds



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

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Simmonds Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Simmonds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simmonds 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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