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What does Simon mean?

Simon Pronunciation of Simon [si-mon] as a boys' name is pronounced SYE-mun. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Simon is "to hear, listen; reputation". Biblical: Simon was the name of two of the apostles, including Simon Peter. A common name from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Orchestra conductor Simon Rattle; Latin American freedom fighter Simon Bolivar.

Associated with: biblical, 18th century, fighter (warrior).


Simon has 15 variants: Shimon, Si, Sim, Simen, Simeon, Simmonds, Simmons, Simms, Simone, Simonson, Simpson, Symms, Symon, Syms and Szymon.

Affiliated boy name: Ximenes.

1 feminine form: Simone.

Creative forms:
(male) Simo, Sinmon, ..

(female) Siken, Sime, ..

Middle name pairings:
Simon Watson (S.W.), ..

How popular is Simon?

Simon is a very prominent first name for males (#404 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#383 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Simon entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #162 in the U.S. then, and is at #234 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Simon name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Simon outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Simeon (#1005 in recent rankings), Shimon (#1168), Szymon, Sim and Simpson are the popular alternative forms of Simon (#234 in recent rankings). Usage of these forms of Simon was at its highest in the 1880s (usage of 0.11%) and has remained as widespread to this day (usage 0.1%, 6.8% less), but with the version Sim becoming somewhat dated. Simon is the most trendy boy name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Simon, Shimon, Sim, Simeon, Simpson in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Simon, Szymon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Simon is alike in pronunciation to Salmon, Seaman, Simyon and Suman. Other suggested similar names are Admon, Aimon, Ammon, Amon, Armon, Aymon, Biron, Daimon, Damon, Dilon, Dion, Dixon, Eamon, Edmon, Eilon, Einon, Eion, Gidon, Gilon, Haimon, Jamon, Jimson, Lidon, Lion, Liron, Maimon, Miron, Nixon, Ramon, Rion, Samson, Saxon, Seton, Sigmond, Sima, Simba, Simeron, Simha, Sion, Sior, Syon, Timon, Tymon, Zinon, Zion and Zivon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Simon.

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