Simonds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Simonds family

The surname Simonds 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 Simonds family

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

Simonds 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 Simonds 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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Simonds Ranking

In the United States, the name Simonds is the 5,430th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Simonds family to Ireland

Some of the Simonds 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 Simonds migration to the United States +

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

Simonds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Simonds, who landed in Maryland in 1640 [3]
  • George Simonds, who landed in Maryland in 1652 [3]
  • Mary Simonds, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • Nathaniel Simonds, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Herlackendine Simonds, who arrived in Boston in 1673
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simonds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Simonds, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [3]
Simonds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Simonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • L Simonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Canada Simonds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simonds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Simonds U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
Simonds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Simonds, who landed in Canada in 1841

Australia Simonds migration to Australia +

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

Simonds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Simonds, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Simonds 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:

Simonds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J.L. Simonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • W.S. Simonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Simonds (post 1700) +

  • William Simonds (1822-1859), American author
  • George S. Simonds (1874-1938), U.S. Army General
  • George Blackall Simonds (1843-1929), English sculptor and director of H & G Simonds Brewery
  • Merilyn Simonds (b. 1949), Canadian writer
  • Justin Daniel Simonds (1890-1967), Australian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, 4th Archbishop of Melbourne from 1963 to 1967
  • Gavin Turnbull Simonds PC, KC (1881-1971), 1st Viscount Simonds, British judge and Lord Chancellor
  • Lieutenant General Guy Granville Simonds CC, CB, CBE, DSO, CD (1903-1974), Canadian soldier awarded the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Sir Simonds d'Ewes (1602-1650), English antiquary

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Charles Henry  Simonds (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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