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Sims Surname Meaning

English (southern):: variant of Sim with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. topographic name for one who lived or worked at the house of someone called Symme (Simon).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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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 USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,518 Sims families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Sims's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Sims families in 1891.
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 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sims. 7% of Sims men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Sims women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sims were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Carpenter
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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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.

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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 the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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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.

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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.

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