Gender Masculine
Scripts שִׁמְעוֹן(Ancient Hebrew) Симеон(Bulgarian, Serbian)
Pronounced Pron. SIM-ee-ən(English)

Meaning & History

From Συμεών (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 Σίμων (Simon) is more common, though Συμεών 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.

Related Names

Feminine FormSimona(Bulgarian)
Other Languages & CulturesXimun(Basque) Siamion(Belarusian) Simon, Symeon(Biblical Greek) Shimon(Biblical Hebrew) Simon, Symeon(Biblical Latin) Šimun(Croatian) Šimon(Czech) Simon(Danish) Siemen, Simon(Dutch) Simon(English) Siim(Estonian) Simo(Finnish) Simon(French) Siemen(Frisian) Simon(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, Semion, Semyon(Russian) Šimon(Slovak) Simon(Slovene) Simón(Spanish) Simon(Swedish) Semen, Symon(Ukrainian) Shimmel(Yiddish)
Surname DescendantSimeonov(Bulgarian)
User SubmissionsSímeon, Siméon, Simeón



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

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Name Days

Bulgaria: February 3
Bulgaria: September 1
Denmark: January 5
France: February 1 (as Siméon)
Spain: January 5 (as Simeón)
Spain: July 1 (as Simeón)


Entry updated May 29, 2020