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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.

Simonds Early Origins



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

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Simonds Spelling Variations


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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.

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Simonds Early History


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Simonds Early History



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

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Simonds Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Simonds In Ireland


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Simonds In Ireland



Some of the Simonds 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 Simonds:

Simonds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Simonds, who landed in Maryland in 1640
  • George Simonds, who landed in Maryland in 1652
  • Mary Simonds, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Nathaniel Simonds, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • 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

Simonds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Simonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L Simonds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Simonds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Simonds U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [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

Simonds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Simonds, who landed in Canada in 1841

Simonds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J.L. Simonds landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • W.S. Simonds landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simonds (post 1700)


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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

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Simonds Historic Events


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Simonds Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

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

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Simonds 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

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Simonds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simonds 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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