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Simms Family HistoryThis name, with variant spellings Sims, Simes, Sym(m)s and Symes, derives from the medieval given name "Sim(me)", a short form of the Greek personal name Simon, substituted for the Hebrew "Shimeon", meaning "he who hears". In English versions of the Old Testament the name appears both as Shimeon and Simeon, but in the New Testament it generally takes the form Simon. The first recording of Simon in England is in the 1134 Records of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk. One Ralph Simme appears in the 1317 Assize Court Rolls of Kent, and a John Symme appears in the 1345 Court Rolls of the Borough of Colchester.
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