SY-mon, see-MON
Hebrew, Greek
"he has heard; flat-nosed"

Simon Origin and Meaning

The name Simon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "he has heard; flat-nosed".

Simon is pure and simple (not in the nursery rhyme sense), and an appealingly genuine Old and New Testament name that's not overused – making Simon a stylish choice. In the Bible, Simon was the second son of Jacob and Leah and the original name of Saint Peter, as well as the name of several New Testament figures. Historically, Simon Bolivar is known as The Liberator of Latin America.

The New Testament spelling of Simon (rather than Simeon) was probably influenced by the unrelated Greek name Simon, meaning "flat-nosed". The Hebrew Shim'on or Simeon means "He has heard". Later, it was also conflated with the Old English name Sigemund ("victory-protection") — so there's an element of several origins and meanings in the name.

Simon was one of the more appealing characters in Lord of the Flies, then became part of the British invasion of names that hit U.S. shores along with the Beatles. Other recent notable Simons include Simon Templar, aka The Saint; Simon Cowell, snarky judge on The X Factor; Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran; and Simon Baker, Australian-born star of The Mentalist.

Simon is currently very popular in several European countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.

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Famous People Named Simon

  • Simon the ZealotBiblical apostle
  • Simon MagusBiblical Samaritan converted by Philip the Evangelist
  • Simon Peteroriginal name of Saint Peter
  • Simonfather of Judas Iscariot (John 8:71)
  • Simon Bolivar (born Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco)South American revolutionary
  • Simon BakerAustralian actor
  • Simon Phillip CowellEnglish music producer and TV competition show judge
  • Simon FullerEnglish producer who created the Pop Idol/American Idol franchise
  • Simon HelbergAmerican actor
  • Simon Michael SchamaEnglish historian
  • Simon AmstellEnglish comedian
  • Simon John Charles Le Bonlead singer of English band Duran Duran
  • Simon John PeggEnglish actor, comedian and director
  • Simon NessmanCanadian male model
  • Simon AspelinSwedish tennis player
  • Simon ProulxSénécal, Canadian ice dancer who represents Armenia
  • Simon WilliamsEnglish actor
  • Simon TownshendEnglish musician, brother of musician Pete Townshend
  • Simon de Montfort6th Earl of Leicester, briefly ruled England after rebelling against Henry III
  • Simon IV of Montfortlord of Montfort,l'Amaury, 5th earl of Leicester, French crusader
  • Simon Thassiled 1st century B.C. Jewish revolt against the Seleucids
  • Simon Solomon Webbesinger with English boy band Blue
  • Simon Jonathon Gallupbassist for English band The Cure
  • Paul SimonAmerican musician of Simon & Garfunkel
  • Simon DominicSouth Korean rapper
  • Simon van Kempenhusband of "The Real Housewives of New York" star Alex McCord
  • Simon Edward Minter aka MiniminterBritish YouTuber
  • Simon Philip Yatesprofessional cyclist and 2018 Vuelta winner
  • Simon Birdcomedic actor from the UK
  • Simon MajumdarBritish,born cookbook author

Simon in Pop Culture

  • Simon Lewischaracter in the "Mortal Instruments" series
  • Simon Tama character from the TV show "Firefly"
  • Simon Spierthe main character in "Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" By Becky Albertalli
  • Simon Snowthe main character of Rainbow Rowell's "Carry On"
  • Simon the Digger ('Shimon')character from anime "Gurren Lagann"
  • Simoncharacter in book/movie "Lord of The Flies"
  • Simon Camdencharacter on TV's "7th Heaven"
  • Simon Belmontcharacter from video game series "Castlevania"
  • Simon Legreecruel slave,owner in novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • Simon Tappertitapprentice to Gabriel Varden in "Barnaby Rudge"
  • Simon Coopercharacter from UK TV series "The Inbetweeners"
  • Simon Petrikov from the cartoon "Adventure Time"
  • Simon Gracecharacter from the "Spiderwick Chronicles"
  • Simonfrom "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
  • Simon Bellamycharacter on British TV series Misfits
  • Simon Mooncharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • Simon Beaumontcharacter on TV's "Ravenswood"
  • Simon JamesJesse Eisenberg's character in movie "The Doubl"
  • Simon Snowhero of a made,up book series in "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
  • Simon Blackquillcharacter from video game 'Ace Attorney'
  • Simon Monroea character from the British TV show "In the Flesh"
  • Simon Browncharacter in the "Nanny McPhee" series
  • Simon "Wicksy" Wickscharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Simon John Barlowcharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Simon Hawkecharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Simon Adamssoncharacter in "Sims" series
  • SimonBritish ship's cat awarded the Dickin Medal
  • "Simon" 1980 movie, starring Alan Arkin
  • "Simon" 2004 movie
  • Simonpseudonymic writer of the 1977 'Simon Necronomicon"
  • "Simon" album by the band Gruvis Malt
  • "Simon & Simon" television series with brother detectives
  • "Simon Says" children's game
  • Simple Simonnursery rhyme character
  • Simon Fraser Universityschool in B.C., Canada
  • Simon & SchusterU.S. book publishers
  • Simon Staggcharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Simoncharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series "Dreams of Estorra"
  • Simoncharacter in the horror movie "Session 9"
  • Simon Ashercharacter on ABC's "Quantico"
  • Simon "Peter" Davidsoncharacter in "Age of the Gray"
  • Simon Batterseacharacter in Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles" series
  • Simon Emmettcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Simonelectronic game of memory skill, available since 1978
  • Simon WilliamsCharacter in avengers earth mightiest heroes show also known as Wonder Man.
  • Simon Laurentmain character in the animated series “Infinity Train”

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