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The notable Simons family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. 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. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. 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 is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. 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.

Simons Early Origins



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

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Simons Spelling Variations


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Simons 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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Simons Early History


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Simons Early History



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

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Simons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Simons In Ireland


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Simons In Ireland



Some of the Simons 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



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Simons:

Simons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert and William Simons, who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • William Simons, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Roger Simons, who landed in America in 1620
  • Thomas Simons, who arrived in Maryland in 1642
  • Hendrickje Simons, who landed in America in 1646
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susan Simons, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Simons, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • George Simons, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Simons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gerhard Simons, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • John Simons, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Pedro Simons, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Manuel G Simons, aged 21, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • John N Simons, aged 78, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simons Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Simons, who was a boatkeeper in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1682 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Simons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Simons, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Titus Simons U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]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
  • Mr. Titus Geer Simons U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]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
  • Mr. Titus Simons Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he was a Quarter Master [2]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
  • Mr. Henry Simons U.E. who settled in Thurlow [Belleville], Hastings County, Ontario c. 1790 he served in the Loyal Rangers [2]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

Simons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Dan Simons, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Gehrhard Simons, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Cornelius Simons, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Jacob Simons, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Berhard Simons, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Simons, a bricklayer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Simons, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • James Simons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Mary Simons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Owen Simons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Amelia Simons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • William Simons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simons (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Simons (post 1700)



  • Jim Simons (1950-2005), American PGA professional golfer
  • James Harris Simons (b. 1938), American mathematician and fund-manager
  • Howard Simons (1929-1989), American journalist
  • Henry Calvert Simons (1899-1948), American economist
  • Billy Simons (b. 1983), American singer-songwriter
  • Barbara Simons (b. 1941), American computer scientist, past president of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Arthur D "Bull" Simons (1918-1979), American military officer, best known for leading Operation Ivory Coast, an attempted rescue of American prisoners of war from the Vietcong prison at Son Tay
  • Walter Simons (1861-1937), German lawyer and politician
  • Timmy Simons (b. 1976), Belgian footballer
  • Simone Simons (b. 1985), Dutch mezzo-soprano
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Simons


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Suggested Readings for the name Simons



  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Ephraim Simmons (also Simon), 1769-1837, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, Cleveland, and Peru, Ohio by Allene BeaumontDuty.
  • Descendants of John Simmons by Ruth Maxwell Graham.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Simons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simons 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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