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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.

Symons Early Origins



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

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Symons Spelling Variations


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Symons 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.

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Symons Early History


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Symons Early History



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

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Symons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Symons Early Notables (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?)...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Symons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Symons In Ireland


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Symons In Ireland



Some of the Symons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 206 words (15 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



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Symons arrived in North America very early:

Symons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Symons, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Hen Symons, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Symons, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Symons, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Tho Symons, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Symons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca Symons, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • James Symons, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Adam Symons, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

Symons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Symons, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1838
  • M A Symons, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Symons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Symons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Symons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Moses Symons, English convict from Cornwall, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • James Symons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Joseph Symons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • John Symons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • Richard Symons arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Symons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Henry Symons landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Symons landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Symons landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Symons, aged 32, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mary Symons, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Symons (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Symons (post 1700)



  • George Gardner Symons (1861-1930), American impressionist painter
  • Donald Symons (b. 1942), American anthropologist
  • Kevin Symons (b. 1971), American actor
  • Brian James "B. J." Symons (b. 1980), American football quarterback
  • George Symons (1826-1871), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Alphonse James Albert Symons (1900-1941), English writer and bibliographer
  • Mitchell Symons (b. 1957), English Journalist/Writer
  • Jack Symons (b. 1912), Australian rules footballer
  • Major-General Sir William Penn Symons (1843-1899), British Army officer
  • Jane Symons (b. 1959), Australian media consultant, journalist and author
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Symons Historic Events


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Symons Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Reginald Symons, British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Jack Symons, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Thomas Symons, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Thomas Macdonald Symons, aged 24, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 1

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. 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.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

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