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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. 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 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.

Simon Early Origins



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

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Simon Spelling Variations


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Simon 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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Simon Early History


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Simon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simon 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 Simon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Simon 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 Simon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simon In Ireland


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Simon In Ireland



Some of the Simon 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Simon:

Simon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Simon, who arrived in Maryland in 1642
  • Sander Simon, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • Sarah Simon, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Humphrey Simon, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Hester Bar Simon, who arrived in America in 1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sagarias Simon, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Philip Simon, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Philippus Simon, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Wilhelm Simon, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Laurents Simon, who landed in New York in 1709
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wolf Simon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Pedro Simon, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • G A Simon, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Rene Simon, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Conrad Simon, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Simon, who landed in Arkansas in 1900
  • Abraham Simon, who landed in Mississippi in 1903
  • Henry M Simon, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1906
  • Otto Simon, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Simon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Hubert Simon (1659), Leonard Simon(1714) and Antoine-Charles (1761) settled in Quebec from Ile-de-France
  • Gregoire Simon, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Jeanne Collet Simon, who arrived in Montreal in 1668

Simon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Simon settled in Quebec in 1703 from Guyenne
  • Leonard Simon, who arrived in Canada in 1714
  • Pierre Simon arrived in Quebec from Brittany in 1725
  • François (1744), Thomas (1724), Guilliame (1740) Simon all arrived in Quebec from Normandie
  • Antoine Simon arrived in Quebec from Orléanais in 1748
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jean Jaques Simon, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1821

Simon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Simon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Frederick Simon, aged 27, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"

Simon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F Simon landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Francis Simon arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Nicholas Simon, aged 33, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Esther Simon, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Jane Simon, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Simon (post 1700)



  • Robert E. "Bob" Simon Jr. (1914-2015), American real estate entrepreneur, founder of the community of Reston, Virginia
  • Kerry Simon (1955-2015), American celebrity chef and restaurateur based in Las Vegas, nicknamed the "Rock n' Roll Chef," by Rolling Stone
  • Marvin Neil Simon (b. 1927), birth name of Neil Simon, the American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter
  • Samuel Michael "Sam" Simon (1955-2015), American director, producer, writer, boxing manager and philanthropist, best known as one of the creators of The Simpsons
  • Robert David "Bob" Simon (1941-2015), American television correspondent for CBS News who was awarded the Overseas Press Club awards and 27 Emmy Awards for journalism
  • Rachel Simon (b. 1959), American author of both fiction and non-fiction
  • Paul Simon (b. 1941), American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for the duo Simon & Garfunkel
  • Neil Simon (b. 1927), American playwright awarded the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Herbert Simon (1916-2001), American economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1978
  • Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon, English Baroness Simon of Glaisdale, who was made a life peer on February 5, 1971
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Simon Historic Events


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Simon Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Albert Henry Simon, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Simon Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Simon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simon 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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