Gender Masculine
Scripts Симон(Macedonian) სიმონ(Georgian) Σίμων(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. SIE-mən(English) SEE-MAWN(French) SEE-mawn(Danish, Dutch, Macedonian) ZEE-mawn(German) SHEE-mon(Hungarian)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Σίμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) meaning "hearing, listening", derived from שָׁמַע (shama') meaning "to hear, to listen". This name is spelled Simeon, based on Greek Συμεών, 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 more rare after the Protestant Reformation.

Related Names

VariantsSimen(Norwegian) Siemen(Dutch) Symeon(Biblical Greek)
DiminutivesSiem(Dutch) Sime(Macedonian)
Feminine FormsSimone, Simonne(French) Simona(Slovene) Simona(Romanian) Simona(Macedonian)
Other Languages & CulturesXimun(Basque) Siamion(Belarusian) Shim'i, Shimon(Biblical Hebrew) Simeon(Bulgarian) Šimun, Šime, Šimo(Croatian) Šimon(Czech) Siim(Estonian) Simo(Finnish) Siemen(Frisian) Shimon(Hebrew) Simone(Italian) Simonas, Simas(Lithuanian) Ximeno(Medieval Spanish) Szymon(Polish) Simão(Portuguese) Semen, Semion, Semyon(Russian) Simeon, Simo(Serbian) Šimon(Slovak) Simón, Jimeno(Spanish) Semen, Symon(Ukrainian) Shimmel(Yiddish)
Surname DescendantsSimonsen(Danish) Simon, Simonis(Dutch) Simmons, Simon, Simons, Simonson, Symonds, Symons, Simen(English) Simon(French) Siemon, Simmon, Simon, Simoneit, Simons(German) Simon(Hungarian) Simonsen(Norwegian) Simonsson(Swedish)
Same SpellingŠimon, Simón
User SubmissionSímon


People think this name is

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Name Days

Austria: February 18
Austria: October 28
Denmark: October 28
France: October 23
France: October 28
Germany: October 28
Hungary: January 5
Hungary: October 28
Norway: October 28
Romania: May 10
Sweden: October 28


Depiction of Simon Peter by Peter Paul RubensDepiction of Simon Peter by Peter Paul Rubens


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Entry updated June 9, 2023