Symes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Symes are in the Boernician clans of ancient Scotland. It is derived from Simon, and meant son of Simon.

Early Origins of the Symes family

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

Early History of the Symes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Symes research. Another 119 words (8 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Symes Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Symes family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Symes family to Ireland

Some of the Symes 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 Symes migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Alexander Symes, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Benjamin Symes, aged 42, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • William Symes, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Ann Symes, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Symes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Symes, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Lancaster Symes, who arrived in New York, NY in 1716 [1]
  • George Symes, who arrived in Georgia in 1732 [1]
  • William Symes, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1774 [1]
Symes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Symes, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • John Symes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [1]

Canada Symes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Symes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Caleb Symes U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [2]

Australia Symes migration to Australia +

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

Symes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dummett Symes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Harriet Symes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Henry Symes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • George Symes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • THomas Henry Symes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Symes 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:

Symes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Symes, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alice Symes, aged 19, a nurse, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Mr. Frederick Symes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Symes (post 1700) +

  • 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)
  • Patrick Symes (1774-1845), Scottish flower-painter, born in Edinburgh
  • John Symes (1755-1831), Scottish writer, born in Edinburgh, son of a writer to the signet who owned property in East Galloway, a close friend of Robbie Burns
  • Jean Symes (b. 1986), South African-born Scottish left-handed batsman
  • Colonel Michael Symes (1753-1809), British soldier and diplomatist
  • 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
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald C Symes (b. 1920), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Sandgate, Kent, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The Symes 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.


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  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


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