The English surname Simson, also found in Ireland and Scotland, has two distinct origins. The name may be of patronymic origin, meaning son of Simon. The second origin is habitational from any of three places in Devon, so named from Old English personal name Sigewine and tun ‘enclosure or settlement’. The first reference to the name is Richard Symmeson who was a witness in the Assize Court of Staffordshire in 1353. Thomas Simpson, embarked on the ship 'Paule of London', bound for Virginia in July 1635, and was one of the earliest colonists to the New World. Today there are approximately 1000 people living in The United States with the last name Simson.