History of your Surname
Get access to Sims family records.Start a free trial

Sims Family History

Sims Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Sim.

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

Similar surnames: Simms, Simes, Tims, Syms, Sams, Simm, Sim, Timms, Mims, Swims

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Sims family from?

You can see how Sims families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sims family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sims families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 365 Sims families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Sims's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sims families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sims surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sims ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sims. 40% of Sims men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Sims women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sims were Machinist and Servant.

View Census data for Sims | Data not to scale

*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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
  • Servant
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Sims family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 504,000 census records available for the last name Sims. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sims census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Sims

Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Sims. 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.

View all Sims immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 87,000 military records available for the last name Sims. For the veterans among your Sims ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Sims military records

You've only scratched the surface of Sims family history.

Discover More

What is the average Sims lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sims life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Sims in 1940 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sims

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Sims family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial