What does Simeon mean?
Simeon /sime-on/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity of Simeon for boys. Simeon reached its highest position of #467 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Simeon and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Simeon rated in the Top 1000 are Simon (#231 last year), Szymon, Simpson and Sim. Forms like Simmonds are uncommon. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4046%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1538%, down 62%), with the versions Simeon and Sim becoming less fashionable. Simon (#231) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these, and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Simeron. Like Simeon, this name is not frequently used.