Simmons Flag of Middlesex County England

Lineage Chart for SIMMONS
Simmons Family Origins & Migration  

By the time of the 1891 UK census, Simmons families had divided and spread into two general areas of England. Most were in southeastern counties with the highest concentration centered at Middlesex County. The author has not researched the migration of Simmons who are related to Fundabergs and therefore cannot assert they came from any particular area of England. I have accepted the region as the point of their origins in Europe.

The other area where Simmonses appeared in the census are in Lancashire near Scotland. The counties most heavily populated by Simmons surnamed people are: Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex, whose flags or arms are shown here. None found for Sussex.

England Middlesex Essex Kent Surrey [Arms]

Name Origin & Heraldic Arms  

Simmons by Simmons by Simmons arms drawn by author from Simons arms at Simmons Tartan
English (southern): patronymic either from the personal name Simon (see Simon) or, as Reaney and Wilson suggest, from the medieval personal name Simund (composed of Old Norse sig ‘victory’ + mundr ‘protection’), which after the Norman Conquest was taken as an equivalent Simon, with the result that the two names became confused.

English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish (Simón), Czech and Slovak (Šimon), Slovenian, Hungarian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name, Hebrew Shim‘on, which is probably derived from the verb sham‘a ‘to hearken’. In the Vulgate and in many vernacular versions of the Old Testament, this is usually rendered Simeon. In the Greek New Testament, however, the name occurs as Simon, as a result of assimilation to the pre-existing Greek byname Simon (from simos ‘snub-nosed’). Both Simon and Simeon were in use as personal names in western Europe from the Middle Ages onward. In Christendom the former was always more popular, at least in part because of its associations with the apostle Simon Peter, the brother of Andrew. In Britain there was also confusion from an early date with Anglo-Scandinavian forms of Sigmund (see Siegmund), a name whose popularity was reinforced at the Conquest by the Norman form Simund.

German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements sigi ‘victory’ + mund ‘protection’.

Dictionary of American Family Names,
Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4, at

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