Simmons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Simmons World Ranking

In the United States, the name Simmons is the 92nd most popular surname with an estimated 226,317 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Simmons is ranked the 676th most popular surname with an estimated 7,720 people with that name. [2] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Simmons is the 433rd popular surname with an estimated 108 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Simmons as 363rd with 9,978 people. [4] New Zealand ranks Simmons as 453rd with 1,525 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks Simmons as 321st with 19,184 people. [6]


United States Simmons migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simmons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Moses Simmons, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [7]
  • Abram Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1634
  • Oliver Simmons, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [7]
  • Thomas Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1639 [7]
  • Robert Simmons, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simmons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Balthazer Simmons, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [7]
  • Catherin Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [7]
  • Frederick Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [7]
  • Melchoir Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [7]
  • Ludwig Simmons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simmons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Simmons, who landed in America in 1806 [7]
  • James L Simmons, aged 27, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812 [7]
  • William Simmons, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [7]
  • Francis Simmons, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [7]
  • Mr. R. Simmons, (b. 1807), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 3 June 1841 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Simmons migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simmons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Simmons, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Ms. Esther Simmons U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 107 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [9]
  • Lieut. Henry Simmons U.E. (b. 1740) born in Teerbosch, New York, USA who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessup's Corps as well as Loyal Rangers, married to Anna Margaretha Bonenstiehl having 7 children [9]
  • Mr. James Simmons U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. John Simmons U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simmons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Simmons, aged 20, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Mary Simmons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Stephen Simmons, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Isaac Simmons, who landed in Canada in 1841

Australia Simmons migration to Australia +

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

Simmons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Simmons, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Stephen Simmons, British Convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Edward Jeremiah Simmons, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. Charles Simmons, British convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
  • Elizabeth Simmons, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Simmons 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:

Simmons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Weston Simmons, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Miss Fanny Simmons, (b. 1825), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [15]
  • Miss Margaret Simmons, (b. 1842), aged 14, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [15]
  • Charles Simmons, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Ann Simmons, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Simmons migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [16]
Simmons Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Flurance Simmons, a servant sent to Barbados in 1662

Contemporary Notables of the name Simmons (post 1700) +

  • Norman Simmons (1929-2021), American arranger, composer, educator, and pianist who worked with Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, and Joe Williams
  • Huey "Sonny" Simmons (1933-2021), American jazz musician from Sicily Island, Louisiana
  • George Finlay Simmons (1925-2019), American mathematician who worked in topology and classical analysis
  • Henry Simmons (b. 1970), American Black Film Festival Award winning actor, known for his roles in NYPD Blue (1993), Another World (1964) and Taxi (2004)
  • Charles Paul Simmons (1924-2017), American editor and novelist
  • Lonnie Alexander "Lon" Simmons (1923-2015), American baseball and football broadcaster, awarded the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award
  • Gene Simmons (b. 1949), born Chaim Weitz, American musician and television celebrity, co-founder of the supergroup, KISS, known for Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2006), The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
  • Lili Simmons (b. 1992), American actress, known for Banshee (2013), Geek Charming (2011) and Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
  • Jonathan Kimble "J.K." Simmons (b. 1955), American Academy Award winning actor, known for his roles in Whiplash (2014), Spider-Man (2002) and The Closer (2005)
  • Roy Franklin Simmons (1956-2014), American football player who played for the National Football League
  • ... (Another 146 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Stephen George Simmons (1959-1979), New Zealander Flight Steward, from Auckland, New Zealand working aboard the Air New Zealand sightseeing Flight 901 when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [17]
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. George Henry Simmons (b. 1958), American Specialist 4th Class from Wilmington, North Carolina, USA who died in the crash [18]
  • Mr. Carl Nelson Simmons (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Banks, Alabama, USA who died in the crash [18]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary  Simmons (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [19]
  • Mrs. Mary  Simmons (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [19]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest A Simmons (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [20]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Oliver Alfred John Simmons (1917-1939), British Joiner 4th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
  • John Spiller Simmons (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Simmons (d. 1912), aged 39, Third Class passenger who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Claude W. Simmons Jr., American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [23]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  17. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  18. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  21. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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