Explore the Family Name Simons

The meaning of Simons

1. English: variant of Simon, with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. 2. North German, Dutch, Flemish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Simon. This surname is also found in France (Nord, Alsace, and Lorraine). In North America, it has also absorbed various European cognates and their derivatives, e.g. Slovenian Simončič and Simonič, Slovak Šimončič and Šimonič (see Simoncic and Simonic). Compare Simonds. History: This surname (see 2 above) is listed along with its altered form Simonds in the (US) National Huguenot Society’s register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.

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

Based on the data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Simons has seen slight fluctuations in its popularity over the years. In 2000, it ranked 1281 and by 2010, it had dropped slightly to a rank of 1371, marking a decrease of 7.03%. Despite the decline in rank, the actual count of people with the Simons surname increased by 1.94% from 25,266 in 2000 to 25,755 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 also experienced a minor decrease of 6.83% during this period.

Proportion per 100k9.378.73-6.83%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Simons

When we examine the ethnic identity associated with the surname Simons, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data, there have been noticeable shifts over a decade. The largest growth was seen within the Hispanic ethnicity, which rose by 44.91%, followed by a 38.30% increase among those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander. Those reporting two or more races also grew by 17.42%. The White ethnicity, which constitutes the majority of individuals with the Simons surname, saw a slight decrease of 2.20%, while the Black ethnicity increased by 5.62%. Meanwhile, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group experienced an 8.00% growth.

Two or More Races1.55%1.82%17.42%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.47%0.65%38.3%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.5%0.54%8%

Simons 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 Simons is British & Irish, which comprises 41.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.3%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (9.3%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish41.3%
French & German25.3%
Ashkenazi Jewish9.3%

Possible origins of the surname Simons

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 Simons have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom79.40%
Merseyside, United Kingdom79.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom79.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom79.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom78.40%

What Simons 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 Simons is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Davis, Harrison, Gibson, Cross, West, Thomas, Lloyd, Richards, Morris, Barnes.

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

simonsPaternal 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 Simons 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.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Simons" Surname 42.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Simons" Surname 30.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Simons" Surname 21.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Simons" Surname 17.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Simons?

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 Simons 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%