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The ancestors of the name Simms lived among the Boernician tribes of ancient Scotland. Simms comes from Simon, and meant son of Simon.

Simms Early Origins



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

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Simms Spelling Variations


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Simms Spelling Variations



In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations of Simms include Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.

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Simms Early History


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Simms Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simms research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Simms History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simms Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Simms Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Simms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Simms In Ireland


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Simms In Ireland



Some of the Simms 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Simmss to arrive on North American shores:

Simms Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Simms, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Francis Simms, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Ant Simms, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • Elizabeth Simms, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Simms Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Simms, who arrived in Virginia in 1787

Simms Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Simms, aged 34, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Robert Simms, aged 22, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • David Simms, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Charles Simms, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • John Simms, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simms Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Simms, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Thomas Simms, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • Samuel Simms arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • Edward S. Simms arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • James G. Simms arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simms Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James A Simms landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Nicholas Simms landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Simms arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Benjamin Simms arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Hannah Simms arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Simms (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Simms (post 1700)



  • Frank Simms, American singer and voice-over artist, best known for providing the voices of the Kool-Aid Man
  • William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), American poet, novelist, and historian
  • William Emmet Simms (1822-1898), U.S. Congressman and prominent Confederate politician during the American Civil War
  • Clyde Simms (b. 1982), American soccer player
  • Charles Simms (1755-1819), American lawyer and politician
  • Scott Simms (b. 1969), Canadian politician, Liberal Member of Parliament for the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista, Gander, Grand Falls and Windsor (2004-)
  • Randy Simms, Canadian politician, Mayor of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador (2007-)
  • Ernest "Ernie" Simms (1891-1971), English footballer
  • Eric Arthur Simms DFC (1921-1921), English ornithologist, naturalist, writer, broadcaster and conservationist, awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for his work as a bomb aimer
  • Eric Simms (b. 1945), Indigenous Australian former rugby league footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Simms Historic Events


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Simms Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Simms, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Simms


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Suggested Readings for the name Simms



  • The Descendants of William & Mary Simms: England to Illinois and Beyond by Vivian York Simms.
  • Sims Kin by Billie Louise Owens.

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Simms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Simms Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 August 2016 at 22:03.

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