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Gender Masculine
Usage Arabic
Pronounced Pron. sim.ahn  [key]
Other Forms FormsSimaan, Samaan, Sim'an, Sem'an, Simhon, Simhan, Sim'on

Meaning & History

Of Syriac Aramaic origin, the name Semaan belongs to the Semitic Aramaic dialect of northern Iraq and Syria of the second century C.E.

"Semaan" means "he who listens". Its equivalent in Hebrew is Shimeon.

It is a very common name for Christians in the Middle East. It is still considered as one of the earliest names in Syriac Christendom.

Simon Peter, also known as St. Peter, is known as Semaan Butrus to Mideastern Christian adherents.
Added 6/13/2009 by MS1978