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Simpson Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire) and English: patronymic from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Sim(m) Sime (see Sim ) + -son. English: occasionally a variant of Sumsion with unrounding of the vowel before the nasal consonant a dialect feature of southwestern England. English: habitational name from any of the three places called Simpson or one called Zemson all in Devon. The one in Holsworthy parish derives from an uncertain first element + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’ while the one in Diptford comes from the Old English personal name Sigewine (genitive Sigewines) + Old English tūn. Both the one in Torbryan and Zempson in Dean Prior probably also have the same origin as the Diptford placename.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Sibson, Kimpton, Lipson, Sampson, Impson, Plimpton, Simson, Simon

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You can see how Simpson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Simpson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Simpson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 2,891 Simpson families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Simpson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Simpson families in 1911.
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What did your Simpson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Simpson. 31% of Simpson men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Simpson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Simpson were Carpenter and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Income
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There are 209,000 military records available for the last name Simpson. For the veterans among your Simpson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Simpson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Simpson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Simpson in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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