The clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands spawned many enduring Scottish names. Symm comes from this Boernician
region and is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.
Early Origins of the Symm family
The surname Symm was first found in East Lothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Symm family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Symm research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Symm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Symm Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. Symm has been spelled Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.
Early Notables of the Symm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Symm family to Ireland
Some of the Symm 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Symm family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Symm or a variant listed above: Job Sims who settled in Nevis in 1663; Henry Sims settled in Barbados in 1685; John Sims settled in Maryland in 1737; William Sims settled in Virginia in 1749.
The Symm 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.