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Where did the Scottish Sims family come from? What is the Scottish Sims family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sims family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sims family history?

The name Sims is the product of a saga that began among the ancient Boernician tribes of Scotland. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.


Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations of Sims include Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.

First found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sims research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Sims History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Sims Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sims family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Simss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sims Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Bartholomew Sims, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664
  • Job Sims who settled in Nevis in 1663
  • Samuel Sims, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1672
  • Eleanor Sims, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Sims Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thos Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Sims, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • John Sims settled in Maryland in 1737
  • William Sims settled in Virginia in 1749
  • Joanna Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1750

Sims Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles H Sims, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Henry Sims, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Robert Sims, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Jno Sims, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Frederick Sims, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1840


  • Christopher Albert "Chris" Sims (b. 1942), American econometrician and macroeconomist, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2011)
  • J Marion Sims (1813-1883), American surgical pioneer, considered the father of American gynecology
  • Derrick Lee Sims (b. 1985), American filmmaker
  • Howard "Sandman" Sims (1917-2003), American tap dancer in Vaudeville
  • Michael Sims (b. 1948), noted American nonfiction writer
  • John Haley "Zoot" Sims (1925-1985), American jazz saxophonist
  • William Sowden Sims (1858-1936), American admiral in the United States Navy, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History (1921), eponym of the USS Sims (DD-409), USS Sims (DE-153), USS W. S. Sims (DE-1059) and the USS Admiral W. S. Sims (AP-127)
  • Charles Henry Sims (1873-1928), British painter of portraits and landscapes
  • George Robert Sims (1847-1922), English journalist
  • Ashton Sims (b. 1985), Australian professional rugby league footballer



  • Sims Kin by Billie Louise Owens.
  • Ancestors & Descendants of Thomas Sims of Culpeper County, Virginia.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortuna et labore
Motto Translation: By fortune and labor.


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The Sims Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sims Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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