Simmie is a name that comes from the Boernicians
of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.
Early Origins of the Simmie family
The surname Simmie was first found in East Lothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Simmie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simmie research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Simmie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Simmie Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations
are extremely common in Boernician
names of this vintage. Simmie has been spelled Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.
Early Notables of the Simmie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Simmie family to Ireland
Some of the Simmie 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 Simmie family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence
, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Simmie 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 Simmie 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.