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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Simson was formed. The name was derived 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.

Simson Early Origins



The surname Simson 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
. 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Simson Spelling Variations


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Simson Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Simson include Simpson, Simson, Simsoun, Symson, Symsoun and many more.

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Simson Early History


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Simson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simson research. Another 341 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1405, 1500, 1600, 1655, 1602, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Simson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Simson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simson In Ireland


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Simson In Ireland



Some of the Simson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Simson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Simson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich Simson, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Patrick Simson, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • Dan Simson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Daniel Simson, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Daniell Simson, who landed in America in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Simson, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Simson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Anne Simson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Eliza Simson, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Joseph Simson, who landed in New York in 1740-1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Simson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Hoza Simson, aged 44, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jeanette Simson, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jacob Jacob Simson, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Aron Simson, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Simson U.E., (Simpson) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]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
  • Mr. William Simson U.E. who settled in Cramahe, Northumberland County, Ontario c. 1786 he was an Artificer in the King's Works [4]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

Simson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Simson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849

Simson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Simson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Mary Simson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • David Simson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Phoebe Simson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Simson (post 1700)



  • Sampson Simson (1780-1857), American philanthropist, "the father of Mount Sinai Hospital"
  • William Simson (1800-1847), Scottish portrait, landscape and subject painter
  • Thomas Simson (1696-1764), Scottish medical academic at the University of St Andrews
  • Ronald Simson (b. 1914), Scotland rugby player
  • Robert Simson (1687-1768), Scottish mathematician and geometer
  • Michelle Simson, Canadian politician in Ontario
  • Mecia Simson, British model
  • Martin Eduard von Simson (1810-1899), German jurist and politician
  • James Simson (1740-1770), Scottish medical academic at the University of St Andrews (1764 to 1770)
  • Brigadier Ivan Simson OBE (1890-1971), British Chief Engineer in Malaya
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ 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

  1. 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.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Simson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simson 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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