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Simmons Family History

Simmons Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Simon, Timmons, Kimmons, Simos, Tummons, Simons, Simoes, Simeone

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Where is the Simmons family from?

You can see how Simmons families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Simmons family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Simmons families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,483 Simmons families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Simmons's in the UK. London had the highest population of Simmons families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Simmons surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Simmons ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Simmons. 7% of Simmons men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Simmons women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Simmons were Gardener and Private Means.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 76,000 immigration records available for the last name Simmons. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 170,000 military records available for the last name Simmons. For the veterans among your Simmons ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Simmons lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Simmons life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Simmons in 1940 was 34, and 71 in 2004.

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