From the proud Boernician
clans of the Scottish-English border region comes the name Sem. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.
Early Origins of the Sem family
The surname Sem was first found in East Lothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Sem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sem research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Sem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sem Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland
, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Sem include Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.
Early Notables of the Sem family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Sem family to Ireland
Some of the Sem 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 Sem family to the New World and Oceana
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan
societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Sems were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Sem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Sem, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1862 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)
The Sem 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.