Explore the Family Name Simmonds

The meaning of Simmonds

English (southeastern): variant of Simmons.

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How common is the last name Simmonds in the United States?

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Simmonds has seen a significant increase in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The surname rose in rank from 8084th most popular in 2000 to 7591st in 2010, indicating an increase of 6.1%. In addition, the total count of individuals with this last name also increased from 3777 in 2000 to 4379 in 2010, denoting a rise of nearly 16%. The proportion of people per 100k with the Simmonds surname slightly enhanced by 5.71%, changing from 1.4 in 2000 to 1.48 in 2010.

20002010Change
Rank#8,084#7,5916.1%
Count3,7774,37915.94%
Proportion per 100k1.41.485.71%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Simmonds

The ethnicity distribution linked to the surname Simmonds has witnessed considerable shifts between 2000 and 2010, according to the Decennial U.S. Census. The percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native with this surname slightly decreased by 2.5% and 4.78% respectively. The representation of two or more races saw a substantial dip from 2.36% to 1.58%, suggesting a drop of 33.05%. Conversely, both Hispanic and Black ethnicities experienced an increase in their percentages, with Hispanic rising from 3.44% to 4.86%, a growth of 41.28%, and Black ascending from 25.13% to 28.91%, a boost of 15.04%. However, there was a small decline in the White ethnicity, dropping from 66.38% to 62.07%, a decrease of 6.49%.

20002010Change
White66.38%62.07%-6.49%
Black25.13%28.91%15.04%
Hispanic3.44%4.86%41.28%
American Indian and Alaskan Native2.3%2.19%-4.78%
Two or More Races2.36%1.58%-33.05%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.4%0.39%-2.5%

Simmonds ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Simmonds is British & Irish, which comprises 55.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (16.4%) and Nigerian (5.3%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Eastern European, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish55.3%
French & German16.4%
Nigerian5.3%
Other23.0%
Simmonds

Possible origins of the surname Simmonds

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Simmonds have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lancashire, United Kingdom82.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom82.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom82.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom82.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom82.30%

What Simmonds haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Simmonds is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-Z8 and E-P179, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Shephard, Chalmers, Knott, Towers, Lacey, Beale, Howe, Kendrick, Donald, Goddard.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Simmonds surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

simmondsPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Simmonds have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Simmonds

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Simmonds" Surname 29.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Simmonds

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Simmonds" Surname 24.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Simmonds

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Simmonds" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Simmonds

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Simmonds" Surname 15.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Simmonds?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Simmonds are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%