What does Simeon mean?
Simeon [sime-on] as a boys' name is pronounced SIM-ee-on. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Simeon is "to hear, listen". Biblical: the second-born of Jacob's 12 sons, Simeon was a holy old man who was promised that he would see the Messiah before he died; when the infant Jesus was presented at the Temple, Simeon recognized him instantly. Simon is the more common anglicized form.
(male) Simeen, Simein, ..
(female) Simenee, Simeonia, ..
How popular is Simeon?
Simeon is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#14208 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name statistics of Simeon for boys. Simeon reached its highest position of #470 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1005 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Simeon and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Simeon (#1005 last year) rated in the Top 2000 are Simon (#234 last year), Shimon (#1168), Szymon, Sim and Simpson. Other forms, like Simone, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Simeon was at its highest a century ago (median #997) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1401, ▼7%), but with the version Sim falling out of fashion. Simon is the most fashionable name for newborns among these.
Simeon is alike in pronunciation to Salmon and Suman. Other recommended names are Admon, Aimon, Ammon, Amon, Aymon, Camdon, Camedon, Cimeron, Daimon, Dameon, Damon▼, Deleon, Deveon, Dillon▼, Dion▼, Edmon, Eifion, Eilon, Einion, Eion, Gideon▲, Gilleon, Gilon, Haimon, Hilton▼, Jimson, Kamdon, Keon, Kieron, Leon▼, Lindon, Liron, Maimon, Marmeon (see Marmion), Miron, Nilson, Nixon▲, Samson▲, Sanson, Savion▼, Savyon, Saxen, Saxon, Sean▼, Sefton, Seldon, Severn, Shanon, Shovon, Sigmond, Simba, Simcha, Simeron, Simha, Sinjin, Sion, Sior, Somerton, Soren▲, Stefon, Stern, Sven, Swen, Swinton, Syon, Tamson, Tilton, Timon, Tymon, Vinson, Vinton, Zinon and Zion▲. These names tend to be more frequently used than Simeon.See names in meaning and etymology.