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Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Sim, Sims, Simms, Simes, Symms, Simis, and Symes, this is an English medieval surname, which is also recorded in both Scotland and Ireland. It derives from the given name "Simme", a late form of the Greek personal name "Simon", itself ultimately from the Hebrew name "Shimeon" meaning "he who hears". In English versions of the Old Testament, the personal name appears both as Shimeon and Simeon, but in the New Testament it generally takes the form Simon. The surname is a Crusader creation. That is to say it is one of a group of biblical names which were brought back to Europe in the 12th century by the returning knights from the Holy Land, known as the Crusaders...

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