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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. 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 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.

Simonson Early Origins



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

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Simonson Spelling Variations


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Simonson 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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Simonson Early History


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Simonson Early History



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

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Simonson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Simonson In Ireland


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Simonson In Ireland



Some of the Simonson 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Simonson:

Simonson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Moses Simonson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1621

Simonson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Simonson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1796

Simonson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S Simonson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • V Simonson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Omun Simonson, who arrived in Illinois in 1857
  • Halvor Simonson, who landed in Illinois in 1857
  • Charles Simonson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simonson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lieut. John Simonson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simonson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Simonson (post 1700)



  • Susan Raab Simonson (1969-2006), American theatre actress and producer
  • David Arnold Simonson (b. 1952), American former professional American football player
  • Eric Simonson (b. 1960), Academy Award-winning American writer and director in theatre, film, and opera
  • Walt Simonson (b. 1946), American comic book writer and artist
  • Albert Simonson (1914-1965), American Chess master
  • John Smith Simonson (1796-1881), American politician, Representative from Indiana, 1837; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1841-46; Speaker of the Indiana State House of Representatives, 1845-46
  • James A. Simonson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1928; Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930-36
  • J. J. Simonson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1928
  • Harris Simonson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1932
  • G. Whitfield Simonson, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1912
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Simonson Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Simonson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simonson 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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