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

The name Simoni 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 Simoni means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.


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 Simoni 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simoni 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 Simoni History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simoni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Achille Simoni, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Faedo, Austria, in 1910
  • Adele Simoni, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Patrica, Italy, in 1912
  • Alessandro Simoni, aged 29, who landed in America from Patrica, Italy, in 1912
  • Achille Simoni, aged 18, who landed in America from Norcia, Italy, in 1913
  • Allessandrina Simoni, aged 22, who settled in America from Pollegio, Italy, in 1919


  • Dario Simoni (1901-1984), American two-time Academy Award winning set decorator of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  • Simone Simoni (1532-1632), Italian philosopher and physician
  • Giuseppe Simoni (b. 1944), Italian biologist and scientist
  • Giampiero Simoni (b. 1969), Italian former racing driver
  • Gilberto Simoni (b. 1971), Italian ex-professional road bicycle racer
  • Alexandre Torres Simoni (b. 1979), retired professional Brazilian tennis player


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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  2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Simoni Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simoni 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 8 September 2014 at 08:41.

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