Simon Surname Genealogy
as a surname derived from the Hebrew Shimon which became Simeon in the
Old Testament and Simon in the New (because of its
association with the Greek byname Simos meaning “snub-nosed”). The name spread throughout Europe in the
mainly because of the association with the apostle Simon Peter.
It is also a popular Jewish name. In England, the name took the patronymic form with the addition of “s”
(son of). So Simons and Simmons emerged there.
Simon Resources on
- Simon Family Tree Simons
Switzerland to America.
- Simon Genealogy Bernhard
Simon from Germany to America.
Simon is a European name. Close to 200,000 bear that name
today. The following are the main numbers estimated by country:
- in France, 75,000
- in Belgium, 5,000
- in Germany, 60,000
- in Hungary, 25,000
- and in Spain, 30,000.
France leads the way.
largest number of emigrants in the past have come from
German-speaking lands, particularly to America. This reflects in
large part Jewish emigration.
England. Louis Simon, a hatter, arrived from France in
the 1770’s, married an Englishwoman, and settled in London. His son
Michael Simon became a stockbroker, moved to Blackheath, and
was the father of fourteen children through
his two marriages. The sixth of them,
John, made his mark as a doctor and surgeon and served as the country’s
Medical Officer for twenty years from 1855.
Henry Simon came to
Manchester from Germany in 1860 with hardly a penny to his name. But he had had a strong engineering
background and within seven years he had established his own consulting
engineering practice. He was soon to set
in motion “the rollermilling revolution” to mechanize the milling of
England. His second son Ernest carried
on his work, became a Manchester dignitary, and was made the
Simon came from a Russian-Jewish merchant family
in China. He left for Britain in
the 1920’s. He became an expert in the
card-game of bridge, co-founding the Acol system of bidding.
came with early Rhineland refugees to America. Johann
Wilhelm Simon arrived with his family in 1709
settled in Dutchess county, New York.
However, much of his family later changed the name to the
mid-19th century saw Simon migration from Europe
to America. Two families headed West
after their first landing in New York:
Simon left his home in a village
in Neuchatel, Switzerland in 1849, eventually settling to farm in
Kansas. His brother Charles followed him
in 1856. They helped found the community
of Neuchatel, Kansas.
Simon and his family from Hesse in Germany headed
further West, reaching
Portland, Oregon in 1857. His was one of
the first Jewish families to settle there and his family remained an
in the state. Son Joseph was elected to
the Oregon State Senate and was US Senator for Oregon in 1898.
Simon became rich from his industrial projects and founded the Norton
Museum in Pasadena, California.
Simon came to America from a small village near Willebadessen in
1881. He settled in Baltimore,
Maryland. His descendants hold a reunion
in nearby Patapsco Valley State Park each year. Another Bernhard
Simon, this time from Bingen on the Rhine in Germany, arrived in 1890
lived in Baltimore. But he moved around
more, first heading West to South Dakota and then returning East to
Pennsylvania. Bernhard had a number of
siblings in Germany who also made it to America.
The later 19th century saw many more Jewish arrivals, from German and
Russian lands, mainly to the New York area. Many must have
struggled in the early years. But many in the next and later
generations have left their mark on American life, notably:
the arts – the playwright Neil Simon and the
singer/songwriter Paul Simon are national treasures. There are also the
concert pianist Abbey Simon and the singer Carly Simon (daughter of the
publisher Dick Simon).
in real estate – the shopping mall moguls Mel and Herb Simon and Bob
Simon. the developer of the Reston community in Virginia, have been
prominent in this regard.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Henry Simon was a German-born engineer who revolutionized
Britain’s flour milling industry in the late 19th century.
Dick Simon was
the co-founder of the publishing house Simon & Shuster. His daughter is the singer Carly Simon.
and Herb Simon founded in 1960 what became the largest shopping
in America, the Simon Property Group.
E Simon was US Treasury Secretary from 1974 to 1977.
Neil Simon is a well-known American
playwright and screenwriter.
Simon is a highly-acclaimed American musician and
Select Simons Today
- 3,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 22,000 in America (most numerous in California)
- 1,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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