The English surname Sims, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is of patronymic origin, meaning so of or descendant of Sim. The personal name Sim is a short form of Simon. The personal name Simon is derived from the verb sham‘a ‘to hearken’. Amongst the earliest recordings of the surname in England is that of Ralph Simme who appears in the Assize Court rolls of the county of Kent in 1234, and that of John Symme in the court rolls of the borough of Colchester in 1345. Early examples include Robert Symmes in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire in 1379, and Christopher Sims of Berkshire, listed in the register of the University of Oxford for 1594.
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