Sims History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sims is the product of a saga that began among the ancient Boernician tribes of Scotland. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.

Early Origins of the Sims family

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

Early History of the Sims family

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

Sims 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 Sims include Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.

Early Notables of the Sims family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Sims family to Ireland

Some of the Sims 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.


United States Sims migration to the United States +

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. Simss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sims Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Bartholomew Sims, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664 [1]
  • Job Sims who settled in Nevis in 1663
  • Samuel Sims, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1672 [1]
  • Eleanor Sims, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sims Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Thomas Sims, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • John Sims, who settled in Maryland in 1737
  • William Sims, who settled in Virginia in 1749
  • Joanna Sims, who landed in Virginia in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sims Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles H Sims, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Henry Sims, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Robert Sims, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • John Sims, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • Frederick Sims, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sims migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sims Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Sims, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Sims, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Sims, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Fardinando Sims, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Fred Sims, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Sims migration to Australia +

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

Sims Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Sims, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Ebenezer Sims, a bricklayer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. George Maurice Sims, (b. 1815), aged 18, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 14 years for theft, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1911 [3]
  • Mr. John Sims, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. John Sims, British Convict who was convicted in Flint, Wales for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sims 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:

Sims Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Sims, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Sims, aged 36, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Sims, aged 17, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Sims, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • John Sims, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sims (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Albert "Chris" Sims (b. 1942), American econometrician and macroeconomist, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2011)
  • Bill Sims Jr. (1949-2019), American blues musician
  • Scott Sims DVM (1955-2015), American veterinarian and television personality
  • William Sowden Sims (1858-1936), American admiral in the United States Navy, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History (1921), eponym of the USS Sims (DD-409), USS Sims (DE-153), USS W. S. Sims (DE-1059) and the USS Admiral W. S. Sims (AP-127)
  • John Haley "Zoot" Sims (1925-1985), American jazz saxophonist
  • Michael Sims (b. 1948), noted American nonfiction writer
  • Howard "Sandman" Sims (1917-2003), American tap dancer in Vaudeville
  • Derrick Lee Sims (b. 1985), American filmmaker
  • J Marion Sims (1813-1883), American surgical pioneer, considered the father of American gynecology
  • John Sims (1749-1831), English botanist and physician, son of R. C. Sims, M.D., a member of the Society of Friends, who for sixty years practised at Dunmow, Essex
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Sims (b. 1920), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Chobham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frank G. Sims, British Leading Supply Assistant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]


The Sims 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Sims +

  • 231 Sims Kin by Billie Louise Owens, Ancestors & Descendants of Thomas Sims of Culpeper County, Virginia.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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