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SAMSON  "sun" or perhaps "his ministry" from the Hebrew name Shimshon.

From the Hebrew name (Shimshon) which probably meant "sun". Samson was an Old Testament hero of exceptional strength. His uncut hair was the source of his power, but his mistress Delilah betrayed him and cut it. Thus he was captured by the Philistines, blinded, and brought to their temple. However, in a final act of strength, he pulled down the pillars of the temple upon himself and his captors.

An imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal.
Originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites). Above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill. Finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem.


Meaning: elevated
Denotes Mount Hermon in Deut. 4:48; called Sirion by the Sidonians, and by the Amorites Shenir (Deut. 3:9). (See Hermon.)

  • The choice of the name, 'Sion’ was based on a hill south of Annemasse, known as 'Mont Sion'.

  • Between 1961 and 1984 Plantard contrived a mythical pedigree of the Priory of Sion claiming that it was the offshoot of the "Order of Sion" (its correct historical title being the Abbey de Notre Dame du Mont Sion) which had been founded in the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. Calling his original 1956 group "Priory of Sion" undoubtedly gave Plantard the later idea to claim that his organisation had been historically founded in Jerusalem during the Crusades when meeting Gerard de Sede during the early 1960s - this fabrication by Pierre Plantard was part of his literary deal with the author Gérard de Sede when they both began collaborating together during the early 1960s in a series of published books.
  • The earliest recorded mention of the surname St.John comes circa 1034, out of Port de Bessin, Normandie,France. The Normans(which is an adulterated term for Norsemen-the Vikings who actually populated and maintained Normandy-they also devised the surname system in Europe using the prefix "Fitz" which means son of). That is the only solid fact of the surname St.John. The St.John (the famous one)Family migrated from Normandy into England and Ireland and possibly Germany and Sicily giving us variant spellings of Sension,Sention,Saint-Saens,Soehnchen,Sanzone,and Sansone. There is zero tangible evidence that these variant spellings are indeed connected with the surname of St.John but it is a theory of mine that seems indeed to be credible. All of these surnames(variant spellings included EXCEPT for Soehnchen,of which we do not know), were born out of Normandy France. The Sansone/zone surname of Sicily was brought over from the Normans. Saint-Saens is a surname of Normandy (and sounds wickedly close to Sension,Sansone,Soehnchen,St.John,Saint-Jean)

    If you are in the line of the immigrant ancestor Matthias his (and ours) surname was Sension and remained that for close to 200 years until the family assumed the surname of St.John. We do not know where he was born or who his parents were,but his son was born in England. As far as his ethnicity is concerned, who knows? There is no record of him on any passenger lists from England and his will lists no birthplace or parents' names. So his origins are obscure. If you are from the southern St.John family I believe that you would be from the Anglo-Norman family, and hence(depending on how far back you want to dig)of Norse origins(more than likely). There was a theory by a fellow St.John that the family may have been Danish,Celtic,or Roman in origin,but I never did follow the argument to well(the Romans established London, and the Danes had occupied England for a long time,but the St.John family was first recorded in France so I cannot make that connection yet).
    The speculation is he is English and belongs to the noble family originally from Normandy,France. We also know that the first spellings of his surname as we have seen have been, Sension,Sention,both seemingly phonetic spellings of the already adulterated "Sin Jin" or,St.John of England,or,the phonetic spelling of the French, Saint-Jean. We know that a Matthias Senchon was living in London at the time of his birth (cir.1604), we do not know if it was ours. As far as we know,the noble St.John's spelled their names as St.John and not Sension.I conducted some minor research and I found a website called Geneanet, a european genealogical website. There were 20 pages of Saint-Saens listed there. The earliest listing was from 1543! Guess where? Normandie, almost 100% of the early entries (earlier than 1820),were from the sub region of Seine-Maritime in Normandie. That is also where the St.John family of nobility was from. I am wondering if Matthias may indeed have been french after all. The Sension spelling has stood out to me as being the biggest indicator of his origins. If he were indeed an englishman,and a St.John,why wouldn't the phonetic spelling have been spelled with a hard I and a hard J,as in sInJin?
    I just tell people (until further notice) that I come from a long line of Norsemen took a long trip that led to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632.
    a "Sansone" from England living in the 1600's,
    There is a DNA project established for the St.John family solely for this purpose at Family Tree DNA online.
    source: Jerome Lafayette St.John
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