Simple History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Simple family

The surname Simple was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Simple family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simple research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1315, 1489, 1558, 1621, 1643, 1741, 1566, 1625, 1591, 1600, 1595, 1663, 1640, 1616, 1682, 1667, 1596, 1654, 1566, 1625, 1564, 1545, 1577, 1644, 1680, 1666, 1677, 1700, 1782, 1749, 1749, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Simple History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simple Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Semple, Simple, Sempill, Sempell, Symple, Sympell and many more.

Early Notables of the Simple family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Lord George Sempill; and Sir James Sempill (1566-1625), Scottish Ambassador to England (1591-1600); Robert Sempill, the Younger (1595?-1663?), Scottish poet, best known for his ballad, "The Life and Death of Habbie Simpson, Piper of Kilbarchan" (c. 1640); and Francis Sempill (1616?-1682), Deputy Sheriff of Renfrewshire (1667.) [1] Hugh Sempill or Semple (1596-1654), was a Scottish mathematician, born at Craigevar and was was nephew of Colonel William Sempill. Sir James Sempill (1566-1625) of Beltrees, called by Knox 'the dancer,' was eldest son of John Sempill. His father and mother were special favourites of the queen...
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Ireland Migration of the Simple family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simple Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Will Simple, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
  • Sarah Simple, who landed in Virginia in 1696 [2]
Simple Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Simple, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Thomas Simple, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [2]
  • James Simple, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
  • William Simple, who landed in America in 1795 [2]
Simple Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Simple, who arrived in America in 1806 [2]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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)


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