Origin of the Name Fitzsimons
The origin of the name Fitzsimons
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Fitzsimons
include Fitzsimmons, Eddery and Fitzsimon. This name is of Norman origin having been introduced into Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion in the twelfth century. Families of the name arrived in County Down with John de Courcy in the year 1177 under the name Fitzsimon and another branch went to County Mayo early in the next century. They were still strong there in 1585 being in possession of Castlereagh and other Castles. The most important line of the family came to Ireland from Simonshide, in Hertfordshire, and settled in 'The Pale' in the year 1323. Since then they have been leading gentry in Counties Dublin and Westmeath. The variant Eddery is found in the 'Composition Book of Connacht' in the year 1585.
The Fitzsimons coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Fitzsimons descendants.