Simons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Simons family

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

Simeon or Symeon of Durham ( fl. 1130), was an English historian, a monk of Durham, being thirty-eighth on his own list of the monks of that house. Saint Simeon Stock (1165?-1265), was general of the Carmelite friars and is said to have been born in Kent of noble parents about 1165. "From his earliest years he was devoted to religion, and, according to the legend, owed his surname to the fact that from his twelfth year he lived a hermit's life in the trunk or stock of a tree for twenty years. " [1]

Simeon of Warwick (died 1295), was an English historian who became a Benedictine monk at St. Mary's, York, and in 1258 was elected abbot.

Early History of the Simons family

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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.

Early Notables of the Simons family (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?), an English medalist to the Royal Mint with his brother, Thomas Simon (c. 1623-1665); and Richard Symonds (1617-1692?), an English Royalist and antiquary, best known for his eye-witness diary of the events of the First English Civil War. Sir George Simeon was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament...
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Ireland Migration of the Simons family to Ireland

Some of the Simons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Simons migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Roger Simons, who landed in America in 1620 [2]
  • Thomas Simons, who arrived in Maryland in 1642 [2]
  • Hendrickje Simons, who landed in America in 1646 [2]
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Simons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susan Simons, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • Richard Simons, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • George Simons, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
Simons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gerhard Simons, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [2]
  • John Simons, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810 [2]
  • Pedro Simons, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 [2]
  • Manuel G Simons, aged 21, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [2]
  • John N Simons, aged 78, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [2]
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Canada Simons migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simons Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • John Simons, who was a boatkeeper in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1682 [3]
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 [4]
  • Mr. Titus Geer Simons U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Titus Simons Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he was a Quarter Master [4]
  • Mr. Henry Simons U.E. who settled in Thurlow [Belleville], Hastings County, Ontario c. 1790 he served in the Loyal Rangers [4]
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
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Australia Simons migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Simons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Solomon Simons, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Henry Simons, a bricklayer, who 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 [6]
  • Mr. John Simons, (b. 1812), aged 33 born in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 8th April 1845, sentenced for 15 years for stealing sheep, transported aboard the ship "Equestrian" in 1845 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Mr. John Simons, (b. 1812), aged 33, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 8th April 1845, sentenced for 15 years for stealing sheep from Mr. Charles Constantine at Bodmin, transported aboard the ship "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [8]
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New Zealand Simons migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Simons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Walter Simons, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [9]
  • Mrs. Catherine Simons née Wilton, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [9]
  • Mr. William Simons, (b. 1843), aged 20, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • Amelia Simons, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Mr. Vincent T. Simons, (b. 1869), aged 9 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [10]
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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.)


Suggested Readings for the name Simons +

  • 777 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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