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The roots of the name Symes are in the Boernician clans of ancient Scotland. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.
The surname Symes was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. Symes has been spelled Simms, Symes, Sime, Simes, Sim, Sym, Syms, Syme and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Symes research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1503, 1530, and 1596 are included under the topic Early Symes History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Symes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Symes 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.
In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with Symes name or one of its variants:
Symes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margrett Symes, who landed in Virginia in 1625
- Alexander Symes, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Benjamin Symes, aged 42, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Wm Symes, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
- Ann Symes, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
Symes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thos Symes, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Lancaster Symes, who arrived in New York, NY in 1716
- George Symes, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
- William Symes, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1774
Symes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Symes, who landed in America in 1806
- John Symes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
Symes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Dummett Symes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
- Harriet Symes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
- Henry Symes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
- George Symes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
- THomas Henry Symes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
Symes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Symes landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Alice Symes, aged 19, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
- James Miller Symes (1897-1976), American railroad executive
- George Gifford Symes (1840-1893), American politician, U.S. Representative from Colorado
- Marty Symes (1904-1953), American lyricist, best known for his "There Is No Greater Love" (1936)
- Jean Symes (b. 1986), South African-born Scottish left-handed batsman
- Bob Symes (1924-2015), stage name of Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff, Austrian-born, British TV personality, best known for his appearance on the show Tomorrow's World
- Derval Symes (b. 1964), Irish abstract artist
- Walter Symes (1852-1914), New Zealand Liberal Party Member of Parliament
- Lieutenant Colonel Sir George Stewart Symes GCB, GCMG, DSO (1882-1962), British Army officer, Governor of Tanganyika (1931-1933)
- John Symes OBE (1879-1944), English gold medalist cricket player
- Michael Symes (b. 1983), English footballer
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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The Symes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Symes 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.
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