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This Anglo-Norman surname was brought to Dublin the the early 14th century by a settler from Cornwall in England, and the name is now distributed almost equally in Leinster, where it is commonest in and around Dublin, and in Ulster where the heaviest distribution is in County Cavan. The name in Gaelic is rendered as MacSiomoin. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The Normans had three kinds of names from different sources. First were names their Viking ancestors brought from Norway to France (8th Century).That's why they were Normans (Northmen). Second were names they found in France.The Franks (French) had come from Franconia in Germany and had crossed the Rhine to occupy the Roman Province of Gaul (5th Century) and called it France. They mixed Latin and German to create French, translating old Germanic names into it,ignoring existing Latin and Celtic (pre-Roman) names.The Viking Normans who also ditched their own language (except for the names) adopted French names as well. The third kind of Norman names were religious. They became Christians and the most religious of them used Saints names. The Normans between 1066 and 1170 conquered England, southern Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Sicily and southern Italy.They were followed everywhere by other French families and some Bretons (the pre-Roman Celts left in north-west France). To this day their names are found in Royalty, Politics and Big Business in these countries and in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,South Africa and the United States which their descendants colonised. Early records of the name mention Richard Fitz-Symond of County Norfolk, who was recorded in the year 1419, and Edward Fitzsimmons appears in London in 1563. An eminent member of the name was Robert Fitzsimmons (1862-1917) English born American pugilist and world champion, born in Helston, Cornwall. After emigrating to the United States in 1890, he won the world middleweight championship in 1891, and won the light-heavyweight championship in 1903. He retired from the ring in 1914. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Ireland.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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