Simone, the elegant French feminization of Simon, strikes that all-important balance between unusual and familiar, and it's oozing with Gallic sophistication. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has a daughter named Simone, and Chris Rock and Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates used it in middle place for their daughters.
Two French philosophers are notable bearers of the name: feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir, author of the influential The Second Sex, and Simone Weil.
The actress who played the lead in the iconic French horror movie Cat People is Simone Simon.
Simone is a Top 20 name for boys in Italy, where the feminine version is Simona.