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Symms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Symms comes from the is a Boernician region of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.


Early Origins of the Symms family


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

Early History of the Symms family


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

Symms Spelling Variations


Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Symms has been spelled Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.

Early Notables of the Symms family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Symms family to Ireland


Some of the Symms 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.

Migration of the Symms family to the New World and Oceana


The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Symms 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Symms (post 1700)


  • Steven Douglas Symms (b. 1938), American Congressman and then Senator from Idaho (1972-1993)

The Symms 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.


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