Paul is my dad’s name, yes, but I am actually the sixth in a row of Simmers that have the name Paul.*
The first one I know of, Henry Paul Simmer, was born in 1799 in Germany about 60 miles (90 km) north of Frankfurt. We know that he came to Ontario, Canada sometime before 1834 because his children were all born in Ontario after that time. Mr. Simmer actually shows up in the 1851 Ontario census as “Henry Seymor” because, I would imagine, of his accent when pronouncing his name to the census-taker.