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Symonds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Symonds family


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

Early History of the Symonds family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Symonds 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, 1528, 1586 and are included under the topic Early Symonds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Symonds 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.

Early Notables of the Symonds family (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?)...
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Migration of the Symonds family to Ireland


Some of the Symonds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Symonds family to the New World and Oceana


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

Symonds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Symonds, who landed in New England in 1631 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Francs Symonds, aged 21, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Oliver, Sarah, Dorothy, Francis, James, and Joe Symonds, who all, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothy Symonds, aged 40, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jo Symonds, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Symonds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Josiah Symonds, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Symonds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bessie Symonds, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Richard Gilbert Symonds a surveyor, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  • R. Symonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  • Mary Symonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  • Emma Symonds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Symonds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W C Symonds, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1836
  • J J Symonds, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W C Symonds, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Symonds, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Andrew Symonds, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867
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Contemporary Notables of the name Symonds (post 1700)


  • Craig Lee Symonds (b. 1946), American historian, Distinguished Visiting Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History (2017-2019)
  • Alan Symonds (1946-2006), American theater director, Technical Director of the Harvard College Theaters
  • Thomas Symonds (1731-1793), British naval captain from Horringeth Suffolk in the American Revolutionary War, father of William Symonds, Surveyor of the Navy
  • James Symonds, American rear-admiral in the US Navy, former Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
  • Robert Symonds (1926-2007), American stage actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center (1965-1972)
  • Air Vice Marshal Sir Charles Putnam Symonds (b. 1890), KBE, CB was an English neurologist and a senior medical officer in the Royal Air Force
  • Sir William Symonds CB FRS (1782-1856), English Surveyor of the Royal Navy (1832-1847) from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Richard Symonds (1918-2006), English academic and civil servant
  • John Addington Symonds (1807-1871), English physician and author, born in Oxford, he is known for his works Criminal Responsibility (1869), The Principles of Beauty (1857) and Sleep and Dreams
  • William Robert Symonds (1851-1934), English painter from Yoxford, Suffolk who specialized in genre scenes, often sentimental, or involving children and animals
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Symonds family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William James Symonds, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Henry G. Symonds, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  6. ^ 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

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