Simm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The traditions that gave rise to the name Simm began among the Boernician of the Scottish/English Borderlands in the medieval era. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.

Early Origins of the Simm family

The surname Simm was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Simm family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simm research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Simm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simm Spelling Variations

Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Simm has appeared under the variations Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.

Early Notables of the Simm family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Simm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Simm family to Ireland

Some of the Simm family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Simm migration to the United States

The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Simm were among those contributors:

Simm Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marmaduke Simm, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Simm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Simm, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
Simm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Simm, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]
  • Thomas Simm, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]
  • Robert Pallister Simm, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Simm migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Simm Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Simm, (b. 1852), aged 22, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Simm, (b. 1852), aged 22, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Simm (post 1700)

  • Paul Simm, English musician, composer and record producer, known for his work with Amy Winehouse
  • Kevin Ian Simm (b. 1980), English pop singer
  • John Ronald Simm (b. 1970), English two-time BAFTA Award nominated actor, best known for his roles as Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and the Master in Doctor Who
  • Juhan Simm (1885-1959), Estonian composer
  • Benjamin Simm (b. 1986), German international rugby union player

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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