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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.

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North Ameri ca. 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
  • William Symes, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Ann Symes, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Symes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas 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 Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Caleb Symes U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association

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
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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
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  • 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
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Symes Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald C Symes (b. 1920), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Sandgate, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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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