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Scriptsשִׁמְעוֹן Ancient Hebrew Симеон BulgarianSerbian
PronouncedPron.SIM-ee-ən English

Meaning & History

From Συμεων (Symeon), the Old Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Shim'on (see SIMON (1)). In the Old Testament this is the name of the second son of Jacob and Leah and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the New Testament the Greek rendering Σιμων (Simon) is more common, though Συμεων occurs belonging to a man who blessed the newborn Jesus. He is recognized as a saint in most Christian traditions.

This name was also borne by a powerful 10th-century ruler of Bulgaria who expanded the empire to its greatest extent.
DiminutiveSimo Serbian
Feminine FormSimona Bulgarian
Other Languages & CulturesXimun Basque Simon, Symeon Biblical Greek Shimon Biblical Hebrew Simon, Symeon Biblical Latin Šimun Croatian Šimon Czech Simon Danish Siemen, Simon Dutch Simon English Simo Finnish Simon French Siemen Frisian Simon, Simoni Georgian Simon German Shimon Hebrew Simon Hungarian Simone Italian Simonas Lithuanian Simon Macedonian Ximeno Medieval Spanish Simon Norwegian Szymon Polish Simão Portuguese Simion, Simon Romanian Semen, Semyon Russian Šimon Slovak Simon Slovene Simón Spanish Simon Swedish Semen, Symon Ukrainian Shimmel Yiddish
User SubmissionsSímeon, Siméon, Simeón


Depiction of Simeon I of Bulgaria by D. Giudjenov (1927)Depiction of Simeon I of Bulgaria by D. Giudjenov (1927)


sons of Jacob, sons of Leah, twelve tribes of Israel
Entry updated July 11, 2018   Contribute