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What does the name Simpson mean?

Simpson is a patronymic surname with English and Scottish roots, where it has been found as early as the 1300s. Simpson derives from someone being the son or descendant of a person called Simon, of which the diminutive or pet name is Sim or Simme. The surname was popular as a given name in medieval England and Scotland and has arisen throughout Britain independently, with no single 'Simpson family' that individuals can claim descent from.

The earliest occurrence of the Simpson surname in our family history documents is from 1491, and we currently have 2,267,522 records where Simpson appears.

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