The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Kym family. The root of their name is the personal name Simon,
or from Sim,
which is a diminutive form of that name. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Shim,
meaning son of Sim.
or Mac Shimidh,
meaning son of Simon.
Early Origins of the Kym family
The surname Kym was first found in the Isle of Bute
, in western Scotland
where they held lands anciently granted by the King of Scotland.
Early History of the Kym family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kym research.Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1506, 1529, 1539, 1542, 1550, 1586, 1609, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Kym History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kym Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Kym has appeared in various documents spelled M'Shimis, M'Shimmie, M'Kimmie, M'Kim, M'Kym, M'Kymme, M'Shiomoun, M'Kin and many more.
Early Notables of the Kym family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Kym family to Ireland
Some of the Kym family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kym family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kym or a variant listed above:
Kym Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Kym, aged 23, who arrived in Barbados in 1683 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Kym (post 1700)
- Kym "Kim" Gyngell (b. 1952), Australian Australian Film Institute Award winning comedian and film, television and stage actor, second cousin to David Gyngell
- Kym Lardner (b. 1957), Australian children's author, illustrator, and storyteller
- Kym Whitley (b. 1961), American actress and comedienne
- Kym Koster (b. 1973), former Australian rules footballer
The Kym Motto
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: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.