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Syms Family History

Syms Surname Meaning

English (Devon and Somerset): variant of Sims . Jewish (from Ukraine; Symes Symis): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Sime (see Sima ).

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


Similar surnames: Symes, Syme, Sima, Simes, Sams, Simos, Simm, Tyus, Sens, Hyams

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Where is the Syms family from?

You can see how Syms families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Syms family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Syms families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 110 Syms families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Syms's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Syms families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Syms surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Syms 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 Syms. 19% of Syms men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Syms women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Syms were Coal Hewer (below Ground) 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
    19%
  • Lorry Driver
    19%
  • House Painter
    19%
  • Coal Hewer (below Ground)
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Syms. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Syms 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Syms. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Syms. For the veterans among your Syms ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Syms lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Syms life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Syms in 1958 was 56, and 68 in 2004.

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