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ScriptsСимон Macedonian სიმონ Georgian Σιμων Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.SIE-mən English
ZEE-mawn German
SEE-mawn Dutch
SHEE-mon Hungarian

Meaning & History

From Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard". This name is spelled Simeon, based on Greek Συμεων, in many translations of the Old Testament, where it is borne by the second son of Jacob. The New Testament spelling may show influence from the otherwise unrelated Greek name SIMON (2).

In the New Testament Simon is the name of several characters, including the man who carried the cross for Jesus. Most importantly however it was borne by the leading apostle Simon, also known as Peter (a name given to him by Jesus).

Because of the apostle, this name has been common in the Christian world. In England it was popular during the Middle Ages, though it became rarer after the Protestant Reformation.
VariantsSimen Norwegian Siemen Dutch Simoni Georgian Symeon Biblical Greek
DiminutivesSiem Dutch Sime Macedonian
Feminine FormsSimone English Simone French Simona Slovene Simona Romanian Simona Macedonian
Other Languages & CulturesXimun Basque Shimon Biblical Hebrew Simeon Bulgarian Šimun, Šime, Šimo Croatian Šimon Czech Simo Finnish Siemen Frisian Shimon Hebrew Simone Italian Simonas, Simas Lithuanian Ximeno Medieval Spanish Szymon Polish Simão Portuguese Semen, Semyon Russian Simeon, Simo Serbian Šimon Slovak Simón, Jimeno Spanish Semen, Symon Ukrainian Shimmel Yiddish
Same SpellingŠimon, Simón
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Depiction of Simon Peter by Peter Paul RubensDepiction of Simon Peter by Peter Paul Rubens


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