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Simms Family History

Simms Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Sim.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Simes, Sims, Samms, Simm, Timms, Simmons, Mimms, Siems, Syms, Sams

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Where is the Simms family from?

You can see how Simms families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Simms family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Simms families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 122 Simms families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Simms's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Simms families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Simms surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Simms ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Simms. 28% of Simms men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Simms women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Simms were Carpenter and Servant.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Labourer
    18%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    36%
  • Student
    22%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Servant
    15%
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What Simms family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 185,000 census records available for the last name Simms. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Simms census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Simms. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Simms. For the veterans among your Simms ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Simms lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Simms life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Simms in 1942 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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