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Where did the Italian Simone family come from? What is the Italian Simone family crest and coat of arms? When did the Simone family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Simone family history?

The name Simone originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Simone means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Simone, Simonelli, Simonetti, Simoni, Simioni, Desimone and many more.

First found in Trapani, anciently Drepanum, Sicily. Bearers of Simone or one of its spelling variations have been found throughout southern Italy, but particularly on the island of Sicily, and in the region of Campania.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simone research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1605, 1346, 1358, 1410, 1480, 1506, 1522, 1605, 1650 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Simone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • M. Simone, who arrived in Pennsylvania, sometime in the late 19th century

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  • Gail Simone (b. 1974), American comic book writer
  • Nina Simone (1933-2003), American singer/songwriter
  • Marco Simone (b. 1969), Italian former professional football striker
  • Afric Simone (b. 1956), Mozambique singer and musician
  • Albert J. Simone (b. 1935), former president of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
  • Andrew Simone (b. 1938), Canadian dermatologist
  • Hannah Simone (b. 1980), Canadian television host


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Unguibus armatus in hostem
Motto Translation: Armed Against The Enemy.

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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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The Simone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simone 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.

This page was last modified on 16 September 2014 at 12:35.

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