Name: Robert FitzSimons
Change Date: 13 OCT 2007
The Irish Family Fitzsimons emerged as a distinguished family in County Cavan.
In 1172 the Fitzsimons accompanied the De Courys in their conquest of Northern Ireland and settled in Cavan. Others joined the Prendergasts and made their home in Mayo in the early 1200's (see the name "Eddery" below.
In 1323 the main Fitzsimons family came from Herefordshire England to Leinster, Ireland. They occupied territory in the Pale just outside of Dublin. It is now mainly found in Counties Cavan and Down IF291; MIF257; Map Westmeath. See under "Kimmons".
"Mac an Ridire" (ridire = knight) meaning "sons of the knight". An irish patronymic assumed by the FitzSimons family of County Mayo during the thirteenth-century.
An occasional variant of Cummins in Counties Monaghan and Armagh where it is usually "MacCoimin" (not Mac Shiomoin) which is FitzSimons.
Another distinct group of FitzSimons occurs in Leinster from the fourteenth century onwards. In the sixteenth century the name principally occurs in several Leinster counties and in County Down, and today the surname is principally found in Ulster and Leinster.
Walter Fitzsimmons became the Archbishop of Dublin in 1485. The Fitzsimons name was also found in the Four Masters in 1505 as represented by Edmund Fitzsimon. Sir Richard Fitzsimon was one of the founders of the Knights of the Garter. Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir Richard Fitzsimon.
Genet Cusack b: in Gerardston
- Alice or Alison FitzSimon