The story of the name Syme is long and rich in history. It begins among the Boernicians
of the Scottish/English Borderlands, where the name was derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.
Early Origins of the Syme family
The surname Syme was first found in East Lothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Syme family
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Syme Spelling Variations
In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Syme has appeared as Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.
Early Notables of the Syme family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Syme family to Ireland
Some of the Syme family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Syme family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Syme Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Syme, Scottish Convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
Syme Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Catherine Syme, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
- Helina Syme, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
- Theresa Syme, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
- Margaret Syme, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
- William Syme, aged 6 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Syme (post 1700)
- David Syme (b. 1949), American pianist
- Jennifer Maria Syme (1972-2001), American actress and production assistant
- Marty Syme (1904-1953), American lyricist
- Robert G. Syme, Scottish professional association footballer
- John Syme (1795-1861), Scottish portrait-painter
- Ebenezer Syme (1825-1860), Scottish-Australian journalist, proprietor and manager of The Age Syme
- David Syme (1827-1908), Scottish-Australian newspaper proprietor
- James Syme (1799-1870), pioneering Scottish surgeon
- Roderick Syme (1900-1994), notable New Zealand agricultural instructor, mountaineer, conservationist and alpine sports administrator
- Jean Syme (b. 1986), South African left-handed batsman
- ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Syme 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: Fortuna et labore
Motto Translation: By fortune and labor.