Origin of the Name Sim
The origin of the name Sim
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Sim is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Sim', a name of great antiquity. There are many variants of this name that have slowly formed over the centuries from mediaeval times. They include Simpson, Simes, Simms, Sims, Simson, Symes, Syms and Symmes. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Johannes Symson, a Thomas Symme, a Johannes Symmeson and a Johannes Symson who were recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. An Ellen Simms was recorded in the University of Oxford in the year 1593 and a David Symsoun was one of the assize in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1448.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Sim coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Sim descendants.