Explore the Family Name Simmons

The meaning of Simmons

English (southeastern): variant of Simon, with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Simmons has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Simmons ranked 103rd in popularity, however, it dropped to 114th in 2010, marking a decrease of 10.68%. Despite the drop in rank, the actual count of individuals bearing this surname increased by 4.23% from 201,650 in 2000 to 210,182 in 2010. However, when adjusted for population growth, the proportion of people with the surname per 100,000 people decreased by 4.68%, from 74.75 in 2000 to 71.25 in 2010.

20002010Change
Rank#103#114-10.68%
Count201,650210,1824.23%
Proportion per 100k74.7571.25-4.68%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Simmons

The Decennial U.S. Census data also provides insight into the ethnic identity associated with the Simmons surname. The majority of individuals bearing this surname identified as White, making up 57.91% in 2010, down slightly from 60.55% in 2000. Those identifying as Black made up the second largest group at 36.15% in 2010, reflecting a slight increase from 35.26% in 2000. Notably, there were significant increases in the percentage of those identifying with two or more races (from 1.74% to 2.52%) and those identifying as Hispanic (from 1.5% to 2.29%). Meanwhile, the percentages of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw minor increases over the decade.

20002010Change
White60.55%57.91%-4.36%
Black35.26%36.15%2.52%
Two or More Races1.74%2.52%44.83%
Hispanic1.5%2.29%52.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.61%0.67%9.84%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.35%0.47%34.29%

Simmons 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 Simmons is British & Irish, which comprises 50.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.9%) and Nigerian (5.1%). Additional ancestries include Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Italian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish50.9%
French & German20.9%
Nigerian5.1%
Other23.1%
Simmons

Possible origins of the surname Simmons

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 Simmons have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom78.90%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom78.50%
West Midlands, United Kingdom78.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.20%

What Simmons 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 Simmons 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-P311 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Thompson, Robinson, Brown, White, Taylor, Green, Smith, Walker, Thomas, Cooper.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Simmons surname are: T2b, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

simmonsPaternal 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 Simmons 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

Simmons

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Simmons" Surname 43.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Simmons

Misophonia

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

"Simmons" Surname 29.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Simmons

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Simmons" Surname 23.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Simmons

Cat Allergy

An allergic reaction to cats, characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and difficulty breathing.

"Simmons" Surname 37.0%

23andMe Users 36.7%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Simmons?

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 Simmons 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%