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SIMMONS - Name Meaning & Origin


SIMMONS Surname Meaning & Origin:

The specific etymology of the SIMMONS surname has been difficult for historians to establish. Several possible origins include:

  1. Possibly derived from the Biblical name Simon or Simund, from the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shim'on which meant "hearkening" or "listening."
  2. A possible evolution of the name SEAMAN, meaning "navigator or sailor."

SIMMONS was the 92nd most common American surname in the 1990 U.S. census, but had fallen out of the top 100 common U.S. surnames by the time of the 2000 U.S. census.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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