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Symes Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Sim, a short form of Simon.

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

Similar surnames: Syme, Syms, Simes, Sames, Mynes, Armes, Ayles, Simoes, Haymes, Somes

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Where is the Symes family from?

You can see how Symes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Symes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Symes families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Symes families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Symes's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Symes families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Symes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Symes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Symes. 30% of Symes men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Symes women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Symes were Clerk and Teacher.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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What Symes family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Symes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Symes 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Symes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Symes. For the veterans among your Symes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Symes lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Symes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Symes in 1946 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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