Simper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Simper family

The surname Simper was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence on English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name, descended from St.Perre de Semilly in Manche where they held the Castle of that name, was first referenced in the 11th century year. They branched north into Shropshire by the year 1273 where Urian de St.Petro succeeded to the estates. Sir Urian was knighted in 1306. Within the next 50 years the name Seyntpier emerged which later was often changed to Semper.

Early History of the Simper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simper research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Simper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simper Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: St Pierre, St Pere, Sepmer, Sempar, Simper, Sempyer, St Peere, Sampere, Samper, Simpier and many more.

Early Notables of the Simper family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Simper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Simper migration to Australia +

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

Simper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Simper, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [1]
  • Edward Simper, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Simper (post 1700) +

  • Caleb Simper (1856-1942), English composer and organist
  • Nicholas John "Nick" Simper (b. 1945), English bass guitarist, best known as a founding member of the rock band Deep Purple
  • Amanda Simper (b. 1968), Australian sprint canoer at the 2000 Summer Olympics

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Alfred Simper (1878-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Simper (1872-1914), née Jordon Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [2]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml
  2. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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