Simpson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Simpson came from the baptismal name Simon, which was originally derived from the Hebrew word Shimeon meaning obedience. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Simpson family

The surname Simpson was first found in Buckinghamshire where Simpson was listed in the Domesday Book as Sevinstone or Siwinestone, lands held by the Bishop of Countances.

The place literally meant "farmstead of a man called Sigewine" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + tun. [1] At the time, the land consisted of 8 hides (each hide would support one household), 3 virgates (three quarters of a hide) and land enough to support 8 ploughs. There were 13 villans (peasants), 2 bordars and 6 slaves [2].

Today Simpson is a village and civil parish in Milton Keynes and had a population of 585 people in the late 1800s. Another source has a different understanding of the name's origin. "The Simpsons of Knaresborough trace their lineage from the time of Edward the Confessor, and from Archill, a Saxon thane, living in that reign of the Conqueror. Among his vast possessions was the manor of Clint in Yorkshire. The name of Simpson was adopted from Symon, son of William de Clynt who was living in the year 1300. " [3]

Early History of the Simpson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simpson research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1405, 1500, 1600, 1655, 1602, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Simpson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simpson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Simpson has been recorded under many different variations, including Simpson, Simson, Simsoun, Symson, Symsoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Simpson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Simpson family to Ireland

Some of the Simpson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Simpson migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Simpson or a variant listed above:

Simpson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Simpson, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Robert Simpson, who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Robert Simpson, who landed in Maryland in 1633 [4]
  • Robert Simpson, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [4]
  • Jo Simpson, aged 30, who landed in America in 1635 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simpson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Simpson, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [4]
  • Rowland Simpson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Peter Simpson, who landed in New England in 1733 [4]
  • Bolton Simpson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1745 [4]
  • Jonathan Simpson, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simpson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Patrick Simpson, who landed in North Carolina in 1801 [4]
  • Mary Jane Simpson, aged 5, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [4]
  • Matt Simpson, aged 30, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [4]
  • Matt, Simpson Jr., aged 3, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1805 [4]
  • Hugh Simpson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1806 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simpson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Donald Simpson, who arrived in Colorado in 1907 [4]

Canada Simpson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simpson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Simpson, who settled in Newfoundland in 1704 [5]
  • John Simpson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jos Simpson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Simpson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Simpson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Simpson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • A Simpson, aged 24, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • A Simpson, aged 24, who landed in Canada in 1811
  • Alexander Simpson, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • John Simpson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • John Simpson, aged 62, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Simpson migration to Australia +

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

Simpson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Simpson, (Frank), Irish convict who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for lif, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 30th May 1802, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1803 by hanging for his part in the Castle Hill escape. [6]
  • Mr. John Simpson, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1821 [7]
  • Henry Simpson, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Robert Simpson, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • William Simpson, a bricklayer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Simpson 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:

Simpson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Simpson, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [9]
  • Captain Simpson, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Delhi" arriving in New Zealand in 1840 [9]
  • James Simpson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • William Simpson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Ritchie Simpson, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Simpson (post 1700) +

  • E.J. "Bill" Simpson (1940-2019), American racecar driver, pioneer in the racing safety business with his company Simpson Performance Products
  • James Shores "Jim" Simpson (1927-2016), American sportscaster, awarded the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Joseph "Red" Simpson (1934-2016), American country singer-songwriter
  • Robert Homer Simpson (1912-2014), American meteorologist, hurricane specialist, first director of the National Hurricane Research Project
  • General William Hood Simpson KBE (1888-1980), U.S. Army officer who commanded the U.S. Ninth Army in northern Europe, during World War II
  • Donald Clarence "Don" Simpson (1943-1996), American film producer, screenwriter, and actor, best known for his work on Flashdance (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Top Gun (1986)
  • James Frederick Webb Simpson (b. 1985), American professional PGA golfer, winner of the Masters Tournament (2012), U.S. Open (2012), The Open Championship (2011) the PGA Championship (2013) and many more
  • Jessica Ann Simpson (b. 1980), American recording artist, actress, television personality and fashion designer
  • Ashley "Ashlee" Nicolle Simpson (b. 1984), American singer-songwriter and actress
  • Louis Aston Marantz Simpson (b. 1923), American poet awarded the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • ... (Another 205 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Edward James  Simpson (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Benjamin Simpson (1911-1941), Australian Petty Officer Telegraphist from Richmond, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Charles Henry Simpson (1908-1941), Australian Able Seaman from East Richmond, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Reginald Austin Simpson (1917-1941), Australian Ordinary Telegraphist from Quorn, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Peter Simpson (b. 1923), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Royal Oak
  • Stanley Simpson (1914-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • John Robert Simpson (d. 1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • Richard Harold Simpson (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • George Raymond Simpson (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Martin Bernard Christopher Simpson (1936-1988), American Financier from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Malcolm Simpson, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Edward Simpson, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Lawrence, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Reverend Henry Wood Simpson, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Roseland, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a boat [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Dr. John Edward Simpson (d. 1912), aged 37, English Assistant Surgeon from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Albert Eugene Simpson, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]


The Simpson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.


Suggested Readings for the name Simpson +

  • 133 The Descendants of Simpson-Roach Families of South Carolina by Max Peery, Look Back with Pride by Dorothea Simpson Meriwether, Simpson, Family of the American Frontier by John Worth Simpson.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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