Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) Symonds – (Coleby, Suffield, Cley, and Great Ormesby, co. Norfolk). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale and six trefoils slipped and counterchanged. Early in the reign of Henry Vlll. the younger branch of Symonds, of Cley, changed their coat to az. three trefoils slipped or. Crest—A demi swan, wings expanded ar. holding in the beak a trefoil slipped az. Towards the close of the same reign, the Suffield branch bore for arms, Sa. a dolphin naiant embowed, devouring a fish, both ppr. The various descendants of this line sometimes used the dolphin without the fish, but generally quartered with the old coat; the Ormesby branch almost uniformly so; sometimes the old coat was in the first quarter, and sometimes the dolphin, as may be seen in many ancient pedigrees, carvings on monuments, and about the mansion, and on the hatchments in Great Ormesby and Yarmouth Churches. Crest of the Ormesby branch—A dolphin naiant embowed, devouring a fish, both ppr. Mottoes—Over the crest: Rectus in curvo; under the arms: Dum spiro spero.
2) Symonds – (Exeter, co. Devon). Ar. a chev. betw. three poleaxes sa. Crest—A cubit arm erect ppr. supporting a poleaxe ar. handled sa.
3) Symonds – (co. Devon). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three poleaxes az. headed or.
4) Symonds – (Exeter, co. Devon, and Taunton, co. Somerset; William Symonds, of Exeter, Visit. Devon, 1620, son of Thomas Symonds, of Taunton). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest—On a mount vert an ermine holding in the mouth a pansy all ppr.
5) Symonds – (Lyme Regis and Colesden, co. Dorset; granted 1587). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest—On a mount vert an ermine ppr. holding in the mouth a cinquefoil or.
6) Symonds – (London). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second, a border counterchanged. Crest—On a mount vert an ermine ppr. holding in the mouth a cinquefoil gu. slipped of the first (another, a pansy flower ppr.).
7) Symonds – (co. Gloucester). Ar. a bend engr. az. betw. two fireballs sa. Crest—An arm embowed sa. tied at the elbow with ribbons ar. and az. in the hand a fireball ppr.
8) Symonds – (Pengethley, co. Hereford). Sa. a dolphin embowed holding in the mouth a fish ar. Crest—A dolphin, as in the arms.
9) Symonds – (co. Essex). Az. a chev. engr. betw. three trefoils slipped or. Crest—Out of a mural coronet chequy ar. and az. a boar’s head of the first, crined sa. Motto—Moriendo vive.
10) Symonds – (Pilsdon, co. Dorset). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a bend engr. az. betw. two fireballs ppr.; 2nd and 3rd, per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second; the 2nd and 3rd quarterings were an especial grant, 29 Elizabeth, 1587, to William, Thomas, and Richard Symonds, by Cooke, Clarenceux. Crests—1st: On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a Moor’s arm embowed ppr. tied at the elbow with ribbons ar. and az. in the hand a fireball ppr.; 2nd: On a mount vert an ermine pass. ppr. holding in the mouth a cinquefoil or, stalked vert, motto over, Non timeo sed caveo. Motto—Simplex munditiis.
11) Symonds – (White Lady Aston). Sa. three cups ar. covered or. Crest—A vine tree with grapes ppr.
12) Symonds – Ar. a chev. purp. betw. three bats displ. az.
13) Symonds – Az. (another, or) a canton erm.
14) Symonds – or Symons – Az. a fess wavy betw. three demi lions or.
15) Symonds – (Loder-Stmonds, Hinton Manor, Faringdon, co. Berks; Frederick Cleave Symonds, Esq., son of James Frederick Symonds, Esq., of Okeleigh, co. Hereford, by Mary Elizabeth, his wife, dau. of John Cleave, Esq., of Hereford, and a descendant of the family of Symonds, of Pengethly. in that co., took, by royal licence, 8 Feb. 1882, the additional surname of Loder). Sa. a dolphin naiant embowed vorant a fish, in chief three trefoils slipped all ar. Crest—In front of a well sa. a dolphin as in the arms. Motto—Miseris succurrere disco.
16) Symonds – (Pengethly, co. Hereford). Sa. a dolphin naiant, embowed vorant a fish, in chief three trefoils slipped, all ar. Crest—In front of a well sa. a dolphin, as in the arms.
17) Symons – (co. Cornwall; a family of great antiquity in that co., of which was John Symons, Esq., M.P. for Helston in 1338; William Symons, Esq., of Hatt, near Saltash, grandson of William Symons, Esq., of Hatt and Broadinore, was High Sheriff co. Cornwall, 1735). Per fess sa. and or, a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest—On a mount vert an ermine pass. ppr. holding in the mouth a cinquefoil or, slipped of the first. Another Crest—A boar pass. ar. armed or Ancient Crest—An eagle rising ar. Mottoes—Fuimus; Cor nobyle, cor immobyle.
18) Symons – (The Mynde, co. Hereford, bart., extinct 1796; Richard Peers, son of Richard Peers, citizen of London by Anna Sophia Symons, his wife, dau. and eventually heir of Richard Symons, citizen of London, who purchased The Mynde temp. George II., assumed the surname and arms of Symons, was created a bart. 1774, and d. unm.). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped or, a border also counterchanged.
19) Symons – (The Mynde Park, co. Hereford; Sir Richard (Peers) Symons, of that place, created a bart. in 1774, d. unm. in 1796, and was s. in the Mynde property by his cousin, Thomas Raymond, Esq., who assumed the surname and arms of Symons). Per fess az. and erminois a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped or, a border also counterchanged. Crest—On a mount vert a wolf statant, holding in the mouth a rose slipped, leaved, and stalked all ppr. Motto—Simplex munditiis.
“20) Symons – (co. Devon; descended from Symons, of co. Cornwall; William Symons, Esq., who first settled in co. Devon, m. temp. Charles II. Agnes, only dau. and heiress of the Rev. Christopher Jellinger, an eminent writer and divine, who having been obliged, on account of religious persecution, to fly from the Palatinate, obtained the living ot South Brent, co. Devon, from which he was afterwards ejected for nonconformity. From this marriage derived Rev. Jellinger Symons, M.A., Rector of Radnage, co. Bucks, and Vicar of Monkland, co. Hereford). Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest—On a
mount vert an ermine ppr. holding in the mouth a trefoil slipped, as in the arms. Motto—Simplex munditiis.”
21) Symons – (Chaddlewood, co. Devon; a younger branch of the preceding family;. Per fess dancettée gu. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils, one and two, slipped of the first. Crest—On a mount vert in front of a saltire gu. an ermine holding in the mouth a fern branch ppr. Motto—Simplex munditiis.
22) Symons – (Whitleford, co. Cambridge). Az. a fess engr. betw. three demi lions ramp. or. Crest—On a mural coronet gu. three arrows or, feathered ar. two in saltire and one in pale, tied in the middle with a ribbon az. flotant.
23) Symons – (Picton, co. Oxford; allowed by St. George, Richmond Herald, temp. James I., Reg. Ulster’s Office). Per fess sa. and or, a pale counterchanged, three trefoils of the second.
24) Simons – (Thame, co. Oxford. Visit. Oxon, 1634). Per fess sa. and az. three trefoils slipped counterchanged.
25) Simons – (Ullesthorpe, co. Leicester; granted to William Simons, of that place). Gu. a wing or, betw. three roses ar. barbed and seeded rpr. Crest—A wing per pale ar. and or, encircled by a chaplet of roses ppr. Motto—Upward.
26) Fitz-Simon – (Simons Hide, co. Herts; Sir Richard Fitz-Simon, Lord of that Manor, was one of the Founder Knights of the Garter, he occupied the 8th stall on the Sovereign’s side, son of Sir Hugh Fitz-Simon, grandson of Sir John Fitz-Simon, and great grandson of Simon Fitz-Adam, who was Lord of the same Manor, 1239). Ar. three inescutcheons, two and one gu.
27) Fitz-Simon – Sa. a fesse betw. three crescents ar.
28) Fitz-Simon – (temp. Edward III.). Az. a lion ramp. erm. (another, with a label of four points gu.).
29) Fitz-Simon – (Ireland). Erm. on a chief gu. three mullets ar.
30) Fitz-Simon – (Fun. Ent. of Thomas Fitz-Simon, of Dublin, Alderman, d. Jan. 1595). Sa. on a fess betw. three crescents ar. as many estoiles az.
31) Fitz-Simon – (Ballymadraught, co. Dublin; Fun. Ent. of John Fitz-Simon, d. 21 Dec. 1614). Sa. three crescents ar. in chief a label of two points, and in fess another of one point of the last, the points issuant out of the crescents.
32) Fitz-Simond – (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Sa. a fess betw. three crescents ar. Crest—A dove ar.
33) Fitz-Simond – Erm. a fesse chequy or and az.
34) Fitz-Simonds – Gu. three escutcheons ar.
35) Fitz-Simonds – Ar. on two bars sa. three crescents, two and one ar.
36) Fitz-Simons – (Ireland). Ar. three escutcheons gu. Crest—A boar pass, reguard. pulling from his shoulder an arrow.
37) Fitz-Symon – (Dublin). Sa. on a fesse betw three crescents ar. as many estoiles az. Crest—A demi parrot close vert, gorged with a collar gu. beaked of the last.
38) Fitz-Symon – (co. Essex). Gu. three escutcheons ar.
39) Fitz-Symon – (co. Hertford). Az. the field replenished with eagles displ. or.
40) Fitz-Symon – Ar. three eagles displ. vert.
41) Fitz-Symon – (co. Hertford). Az. an eagle displ. or, a canton erm.
42) Fitz-Symon – Ar. three escutcheons gu. Crest—A dexter and sinister hand wielding a two-handed sword ppr.
43) Fitz-Symon – Gu. a chief or (another, tinctures reversed).
44) Fitz-Symon – Sa. a fesse betw. six crescents or (another, ar.).
45) Fitz-Symon – (Dublin, Collection of Molyneux, Ulster, 15971632). Ar. on a fesse betw. three crescents sa. aa many estoiles of the field. Crest—A dove ar. collared gu.
46) Fitz-Symond – (co. Lincoln). Az. a lion ramp. erm.
47) Fitz-Symond – (cos. Norfolk and Northampton). Sa. a fesse betw. three crescents ar. Crest—A hand issuing from a cloud holding a club ppr.
48) Fitz-Symond – Same Arms, a chief of the second.
49) Simmons – (Gen. Sir John Lintorn Arabin Simmons, G.C.B.). Sa. gutte d’eau a dolphin naiant embowed or, vorant a fish ar. a canton erm., thereon a mural crown gu. Crest—A stump of an oak tree sprouting, in front thereof a mount thereon a branch of laurel fructed, in bend sinister all ppr. Supporters—Dexter an eagle sa. sinister a stork ppr. each gorged with a mural crown or, and holding in the beak a rose ar. slipped and leaved ppr. Motto—Stabilitate et Victoria.
50) Simond – (Austin Friars, London; granted 30 June, 1760). Az. a chev. or, betw. in chief two roses ar. leaved vert, in base a cock of the third, combed, beaked, and legged gu. Crest—A cock ar. combed, beaked, and legged gu.
51) Simonds – Per fess sa. and ar. a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest—On a mount vert an ermine pass. ppr. in the mouth a trefoil slipped or.
52) Symmyns – or Simmons – (Ambleston and Lanstinnon, co. Pembroke). Per fess ar. and sa. three trefoils counterchanged, quartering Ap Rhys, of Martell, and Wogan, of Lanstinnon.
53) Symon – or Symonds – Sa. a fess betw. three crescents ar. (another, or).
54) Symond – Ar. a chev. purp. betw. three battle axes sa. blades az. points gu. the blades to the sinister side.
55) Party per pale or and sable three roses counterchanged. Crest: an American flag, red and white stripes and on a blue canton an eagle displayed within an orle of 13 stars.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Simmons Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Surname Name Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
The surname Simmons have several origins theories and meaning. First, it is a patronymic of baptismal surname meaning “the son of Simon”, deriving from the personal (first name) Simon, which is an ancient Hebrew masculine given name meaning “listen”, as well as a classical Greek name meaning “flat-nosed”, a name found in the New Testament of the Christian Holy Bible as Symeon (the Hellenized version of the name). The name was Latinized to Simon, a name also referring to St. Peter, the First Bishop of Rome and Antioch, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Because of the apostle, this first name has been common throughout Christendom and the Holy Roman Empire. In England, it was popular during the medieval times and Middle Ages, although it became rarer after the Protestant Reformation. Second, it is a patronymic surname meaning “the son of Simund”, a medieval personal name deriving from the the Old Norse words sig (victory) and mundr (protection), a male given name of Germanic origin meaning “protection through victory”, deriving from the Old High German words sigu (victory) and munt (protection or hand). Sigmund was the name of a great hero in Norse mythology, the father of Siguro the dragon-slayer, and the bearer of the powerful word Gram. One source asserts the name among the Cornish people of England, a race with Celtic origins.
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Simmones, Simons, Simonds, Symons, Symonds, Fitz-Simons, Symon, Fitz-Simon, Fitz-Simonds, Simond, Symmyns, Symond, Fitz-Simond, Fitz-Symon, Fitz-Symond, Simmins, Simins, and Simmen. The Gaelicized form of the name is MacSíomóin.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Simmons ranks 103rd in popularity in terms in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The surname Simmons frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (286th), Scotland (817th), Wales (377th), Ireland (2,519th) and Northern Ireland (1,392nd). In England, it ranks highest in Sussex. In Scotland, the surname Simmons ranks highest in popularity/commonness in county Lanarkshire. In Wales, it ranks highest in county Caernarfonshire. In Ireland, it ranks highest in Longford. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in county Tyrone.
The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (644th), New Zealand (465th), Australia (342nd), and South Africa (3,092nd).
The 1890 book Homes of Family Names by H.B. Guppy, states the following in regard to this surname: “This name in its various forms has evidently two origins. Generally, it would seem to be derived from Simon, a name of Norman introduction and represented by Simund in Domesday; but there is much to support the opinion of Mr. Lower that it is in not a few cases a corruption of Seaman which, as Seman, is very common in the records of the Cinque Ports, and other places on the coasts of Kent and Sussex. The instance is adduced by him of a Sussex family of Simmons resident at Seaford for three-and-half centuries, in which we can trace all the changes of the name from Seaman and Seman, its earliest forms in the sixteenth century, to Simmons, as it is now spelt : they are as follows: Seaman, Seman, Seamans, Semons, Simons, Simonds, Symonds, Simmonds, Symmonds, Simmons. It is also remarkable that at the present day Seaman is a name mostly restricted to Norfolk and Suffolk, in which two counties Symonds is also well represented. The several varieties of the name arrange themselves readily into two groups, Simmonds and Simmons being most numerous in Cornwall and Sussex, and afterwards in Bucks, Oxfordshire, Berks, and some of the adjacent counties; whilst Simons, Symons,Symonds, etc., have their great home in Cornwall, but are also fairly numerous in Devon, Dorset, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and in some of the neighbouring counties. The localities of the various forms of the two groups are noticed in the alphabetical list. When we come to consider the combined distribution of all the forms, we find that this name is essentially characteristic of the southern half of England and especially of the coast counties. It has three centres, the principal being in the south-west in Cornwall, the second being in Sussex, the third in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, from which centres it has spread to the counties adjacent”.
Several spelling variants of this last name are also popular and ranked as follows in the 2000 US Centus: Simons (1,281st), Simonds (6,543rd), Symons (9,996th), Symonds (10,939th), Fitz-Simons (15,368th), Symon (41,788th), Fitz-Simon (135,186th), and Fitz-Simonds (135,187th). Six other variants did not rank in the Census, which only documented the top ~150,000 surnames: Simond, Symmyns, Symond, Fitz-Simond, Fitz-Symon, and Fitz-Symond.
Early Bearers of the Surname
The earliest known bearer of this surname was William le Piz Simon who was documented in the Danelaw Documents of London in 1170 AD.The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists one bearer of this surname: John Simond. Nicholas Simond was recorded in Somerset Kirby’s Quest in 1327 AD, as was one John Symondes in the same county. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists two bearers of this last name: Alicia relicata (widow) Symonys and Johanna Symond. Robert Symondson was documented in the Surtees Society Publications. Marquis Symondesson was recorded in the Rolls of Parliament. An early marriage involving this surname was Gyles Symons to Frances Masson at St. Andrews by the Wardrobe. An early baptism involving this surname was Grace, daughter of Richard and Grace Simons, at Putney, London in May of 1640.
History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
Baron of Sparsholt
The Baron Simonds, Gavin Turnbill Simonds, P.C. of Sparsholt, county Southampton, educated at Winchester and New College Oxford, was Barrister-at-law, a Judge of the High Court of Justice, a Lord of and Appeal in the Ordinary, who was born in 1881. In 1912, he married Mary Hope, daughter of Judge Francis Hamilton Mellor, and had two issue with her: Gavin Alexander (Captain in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, served in World War II) and John Mellor (Major of the S. Stafford Regiment, served in World War II, married Barbara, daughter of T. Robinson of Greenfield Mount). He was Knighted in 1937 and sworn of the Privy Council of Great Britain in 1933. His father was Louis de Luz Simonds, of Audleys Wood, Basingstoke, who was educated in the United States, who was born in 1852, and married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Surgeon-General Gavin Ainslie Turnbull in 1880. The Simons Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Simons Family Crest) was blazoned in heraldry as follows: Tierced in pale azure, gules, and vert, three trefoils slipped or. Crest: An ermine proper, resting the sinister paw upon the astronomical sign of Taurus sable, and holding in the mouth a trefoil slipped or. Supporters: On either side an ermine proper, each charged on the shoulder, the dexter with a hop leaf and the sinister with a bezant.
Simmons Family Tree
Simon Simon (Leiden Holland, 1510)
William Thomas Symonson (Leyden, South Holland, 1545)
William Symonson or Simmons (Leyden, Holland, 1570, went to Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Moses Simmons or Symonson was born in Leinden, Holland, Netherlands. He married Sarah and prior to his death in Duxbury, New England, he had the following issue: Moses, Rebecca (Soule), Mary (Alden), John, Sarah (Nash), Aaron, and Elizabeth (Dwelly). His son John Simmons was born in Duxbury, MA and he married Mercy Pabodie and had the following issue with her: John, William, Isaac, Patience, Martha (West), Benjamin, Joseph, Rebecca (Southworth), Joshua, and Moses Myles.
Benedict Simon was born in Bucks, Sankt Gallen. He married Katherine Schetele and he had two issue: Johannes and John Simon. John Simon was born in 1693 and went to North Carolina. He had a son named Abraham Busset Simmons who was born in Craven County, NC in 1737. He married Rachel Reman Lavender and had the following children with her: Dovie, Mary, Laney Eleanor, Lavender, Boneta, Elizabeth, Rezin, Liberty, and Winnifred.
Early American and New World Settlers
Early settlers in colonial America bearing this name Oliver Simmons (1638), Thomas Simmons (Maryland 1639), Robert Simmons (Maryland 1662), Balthazer Simmons (Pennsylvania 1750), and Catherine, Melchoir, Ludwig, and Catherine Simmons (Philadelphia 1792). In Canada, one of the earliest bearers of this name was William Simmons, who came to Halifax in 1778. In Australia, one of the first settlers with this name was John Simmons, a convict from Warwick, England who came to New South Wales (then a penal colony) aboard the Ann in August 1809. Weston Simmons, who came to Auckland in 1842, was one of the first settlers in New Zealand with this last name. Richard Symons was a convicted rebel (Monmouth’s Rebellion of 1685) who was transported to the New World in the late seventeenth century.
Early Americans Bearing the Simmons Family Crest
Charles Bolton’s American Armory (1927) contains one entry for this surname: Party per pale or and sable three roses counterchanged. Crest: an American flag, red and white stripes and on a blue canton an eagle displayed within an orle of 13 stars. Boston, Sept. 6th, 1805. Copy from Heraldry. Attest (signed) Jno. Coles, Senr. Herald Painter”. N. E. Hist. Geneal. Society, Boston.
Crozier’s General Armory (1904) contains one entry for this name: Francis May Simonds, Esq. of Flushing, Long Island, New York. Per fesse sable and argent a pale counterchanged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest: On a mount vert an ermine passant proper, in the mouth a trefoil slipped or.
Matthew’s American Armoury (1907) and Bluebook contains one entry for this name: Samuel Symonds, gentleman of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1637, came from Veldham Magna, Essex, England. Azure a chevron engrailed between three trefoils slipped or. Crest: Out of a mural coronet, chequy argent and azure, a boar’s head of the first, crined sable.
We have identified 11 Simmons family mottoes:
1) Rectus in curvo (I keep upright in a curve, i.e. crooked path) (Symonds of Great Ormesby)
2) Dum spiro spero (White I have breath I hope)
3) Moriendo vive (In dying, live)
4) Non timeo sed caveo (I fear not, but am cautious)
5) Simplex munditiis (Plain with neatness) (Symonds of Pilsdon)
6) Miseris succurrere disco (I endeavour to succour the distressed or I learn to care for the unfortunate)
7) Fuimus; Cor nobyle, cor immobile (A heart noble, a mind determined)
8) Stabilitate et Victoria (By steadfastness and victory)
9) In recto decus (Honour in acting right)
10) Fideliter (Faithfully)
We have three coats of arms for the Simmons surname depicted here. These three blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore a Simmons Coat of Arms include:
1) Symonds before Breedon, Reverend John, of Gloucester, St. John’s College Oxford, 1782
2) J.F. Symonds of Hereford, took the name Jeune in 1883
3) Mrs. T.P. of Pengethly, Sellack, county Hereford, 1883
4) Symonds-Tayloer, R.H.T. of Okeleigh, Hereford, 1886
5) Symons, late Raymond, Thomas, of county Hereford and Gloucester, 1797
6) Symons after Soltau, George William, of county Devon, 1845
7) Symons-Jeune, John Frederic, of Axbridge, county Somerset, second son of Francis, Bishop of Peterborough, 1879
8) Simmons, of Stepney, county Middlesex, 1765
9) Simmons to Smith, Allyn, of Battersea, county Surrey, 1774
10 General Sir John Linton Arabin Simmons, 1878, son of Thomas Frederic, Arms, 1880
11) Peter Simond, son of Peter, of Austin Friars, London, 30 June 1760
12) Simons, William, of Ullesthorp, county Leicester, 1859
There are thousands of notable people with the Simmons surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Edward Emerson Simmons (1852-1931) who was an American Impressionist painter born in Concord, Massachusetts who graduated from Harvard College and was best known for his mural work, 2) Alysius Harry Simmons (1902-1956), whose birth name was Alosius Szymanski (demonstrating possible Anglicization of this Polish name?) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and played for two decades in Major League Baseball for nine different teams and was known as “Bucketfoot Al”, 3) Curtis Thomas Simmons (1929) who was a pitcher in the MLB born in Whitehall, Pennsylvania who for twenty years, from 1957-1967, primarily on the Philadelphia Phillies, 4) James Fowler Simmons (1795-1864) who was an American businessman who twice served as the United Stator Senator from Rhode Island, once as a Whig and once as a Republican, 5) James Samuel Simmons (1861-1935) who was member of the US House of Representatives from New York who was born in Maryland, 6) Norman Simmons (1915-2004) was a scientist who pioneered the field of DNA research, 7) William Joseph Simmons (1880-1945) who was the founder of the second Ku Klux Klan in 1915, 8) Edwin Howard Simmons (1921-2007) who was born in Billingsport, New Jersey and was a Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, 9) Milton Teagle “Richard Simmons” (1948) who is an American fitness guru known for his aerobic videos (ex. Sweatin’ to the Oldies) and flamboyant personality, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and 10) Cedric Tremaine Simmons (1986) who is an American basketball player from Shallote, North Carolina who was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets and played for several NBA teams before playing in Estonia.