Simms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Simms family

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

Important Dates for the Simms family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simms research. Another 119 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Simms family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Simms family to Ireland

Some of the Simms 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.

Simms migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Francis Simms, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Ant Simms, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • Elizabeth Simms, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [1]
Simms Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Simms, who arrived in Virginia in 1787 [1]
Simms Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Simms, aged 34, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]
  • Robert Simms, aged 22, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [1]
  • David Simms, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Charles Simms, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]
  • John Simms, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simms migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Simms Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William S. Simms, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Agamemnon" departing 24th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 31st July 1847 but he died on board [2]

Simms migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • Thomas Simms, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Samuel Simms, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [5]
  • Edward S. Simms, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [6]
  • James G. Simms, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Simms migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Simms Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James A Simms, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Nicholas Simms, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Simms, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Benjamin Simms, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Hannah Simms, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Simms (post 1700)

  • Joseph L. "Zastrow" Simms (1940-2013), American civil rights activist in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 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
  • Frederick Walter Simms (1803-1865), English writer on engineering, born in the parish of St. Anne, Blackfriars, London, son of William Simms, manufacturer of scientific instruments
  • Noel Bartholomew Simms (1935-2017), Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae percussionist
  • 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-)
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Simms family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Simms, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 95)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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