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Origins of the Simpson surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Simpson

Simpson, Simson, Symson, Sympson, Symsoun, Sampson, Sampsons

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Where do most Simpsons live?

In 1921, most Simpsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Simpsons

How common is your surname?

58th most common surname in the UK

We have 496,000 records for the Simpson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Simpsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Simpson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Simpsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Simpsons in 1921


Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver




Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Simpsons in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




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