Origins Available: French
Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Simoneau is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
in France were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths
, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Simoneau is derived from the Hebrew personal name
Shim'on, meaning to hearken.
Early Origins of the Simoneau family
The surname Simoneau was first found in Lorraine
where they held a family seat
and are said to be descended from the first French Simon or Sigismond, the Duke of Lorraine
, 1115 A.D. who was succeeded by Simon II in 1179. There is also some distant relationship to Simond, King of Bourgogne.
Early History of the Simoneau family
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Simoneau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Simon, Simond, Simmon, Simmond, Simeon, Simmeon, Simian, Simiane, Simmiane, Simmian, Le Simon, Simmonde, Simonde, Simont, Simonte, De Simon, Du Simon, du Simon, de Simon, Simons, Simmonne, Simmonet and many more.
Early Notables of the Simoneau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Simoneau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Simoneau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Louis Simoneau, aged 46, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1913
- Prosper Simoneau, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Edouard Simoneau, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1919
- George Simoneau, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1920
- George C. Simoneau, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Simoneau (post 1700)
- Edward Thomas Simoneau (b. 1890), American politician, Mayor of Marlborough, Massachusetts
- Daniel Owen "Dan" Simoneau (1959-1982), American cross country skier who competed at the 1982 and 1984 Winter Olympics
- Léopold Simoneau CC CQ (1916-2006), French-Canadian lyric tenor, first recipient of the Calixa-Lavallée Award
- Yves Simoneau (b. 1955), Canadian film and television director
The Simoneau Motto
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: C'est mon plaisir
Motto Translation: It is my pleasure.