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Gender: Male Meaning of Simon: "the listener" Origin of Simon: Hebrew Simon's Popularity in 2017: #263

The name Simon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "the listener". Simon is ranked #263 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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 Zealot, Biblical apostle
Simon Magus, Biblical Samaritan converted by Philip the Evangelist
Simon Peter, original name of Saint Peter
Simon, father 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 Baker, Australian actor
Simon Phillip Cowell, English music producer and TV competition show judge
Simon Fuller, English producer who created the Pop Idol/American Idol franchise
Simon Helberg, American actor
Simon Michael Schama, English historian
Simon Amstell, English comedian
Simon John Charles Le Bon, lead singer of English band Duran Duran
Simon John Pegg, English actor, comedian and director
Simon Nessman, Canadian male model
Simon Aspelin, Swedish tennis player
Simon Proulx-Sénécal, Canadian ice dancer who represents Armenia
Simon Williams, English actor
Simon Townshend, English musician, brother of musician Pete Townshend
Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, briefly ruled England after rebelling against Henry III
Simon IV of Montfort, lord of Montfort-l'Amaury, 5th earl of Leicester, French crusader
Simon Thassi, led 1st century B.C. Jewish revolt against the Seleucids
Simon Solomon Webbe, singer with English boy band Blue
Simon Jonathon Gallup, bassist for English band The Cure
Paul Simon, American musician of Simon & Garfunkel
Simon Dominic, South Korean rapper
Simon van Kempen, husband of "The Real Housewives of New York" star Alex McCord
Simon Edward Minter aka Miniminter, British YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Simon

Simon Lewis, character in the "Mortal Instruments" series
Simon Tam, a character from the TV show "Firefly"
Simon Spier, the main character in "Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" By Becky Albertalli
Simon Snow, the main character of Rainbow Rowell's "Carry On"
Simon the Digger ('Shimon'), character from anime "Gurren Lagann"
Simon, character in book/movie "Lord of The Flies"
Simon Camden, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Simon Belmont, character from video game series "Castlevania"
Simon Legree, cruel slave-owner in novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Simon Tappertit, apprentice to Gabriel Varden in "Barnaby Rudge"
Simon Cooper, character from UK TV series "The Inbetweeners"
Simon Petrikov from the cartoon "Adventure Time"
Simon Grace, character from the "Spiderwick Chronicles"
Simon, from "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
Simon Bellamy, character on British TV series Misfits
Simon Moon, character on TV's "Frasier"
Simon Beaumont, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Simon James, Jesse Eisenberg's character in movie "The Doubl"
Simon Snow, hero of a made-up book series in "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Blackquill, character from video game 'Ace Attorney'
Simon Monroe, a character from the British TV show "In the Flesh"
Simon Brown, character in the "Nanny McPhee" series
Simon "Wicksy" Wicks, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Simon John Barlow, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Simon Hawke, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Simon Adamsson, character in "Sims" series
Simon, British ship's cat awarded the Dickin Medal
"Simon," 1980 movie, starring Alan Arkin
"Simon," 2004 movie
Simon, pseudonymic 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 Simon, nursery rhyme character
Simon Fraser University, school in B.C., Canada
Simon & Schuster, U.S. book publishers
Simon Stagg, character on TV's "The Flash"
Simon, character in Aphmau's YouTube series "Dreams of Estorra"
Simon, character in the horror movie "Session 9"
Simon Asher, character on ABC's "Quantico"
Simon "Peter" Davidson, character in "Age of the Gray"
Simon Battersea, character in Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles" series
Simon Emmett, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

Si, Sim, Sime, Simeon, Sy, Syme, Symon

Simon's International Variations

Síomón, Simond, Síomón (Irish Gaelic) Sim, Simidh (Scottish Gaelic) Ximun (Basque) Simone (Italian) Ximen, Ximenes, Ximens (Spanish) Simao (Portuguese) Siemen (Dutch) Simeon, Simmy (German) Symon, Szmon, Szymon (Polish) Simion (Romanian) Simunek (Czech) Semyon, Simeon (Russian) Semon, Symeon (Greek) Shimon, Siomon (Hebrew) Samein (Arabic)


Violet_Rose Says:


One of my all time favorite boys names, so handsome yet regale. If we ever have a son we are going to choose between this & Edward and Timothy 🙂 which middle do you think might work?

podsolnechnik13 Says:


I love the name Simon. I almost chose it for myself! And I'm happy they put that LotF reference in there, it's my all time favourite book, though my favourite character is Jack.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


For me this is one of those names where knowing someone with that name makes it more likable. I would have kind of disliked Simon before (for no particular reason), but there's a little boy in my church nursery named Simon, so now the name brings up thoughts of him, which makes me like it more, though I still don't love it or anything, I just no longer dislike it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic and handsome

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love this boys name and the nickname "Si." Simon says teasing isn't that bad could be worse thinknof poor Fatty Patty!

Yessica Says:


Simon Says... don't name your kid this

headintheclouds Says:


I'm torn between really liking Simon for its nice meaning and clean-cut simplicity with lots of history, and thinking it rather plain and just... there. I'm still not sure what my exact opinion is on Simon, but it's quite a nice name, as most names go.

JDL Says:


I love the name Simon. I wish my name was Simon

Simm_o Says:


I have lived with the name Simon for 52 years.
I dislike the name immensely .
What was my mum thinking?
Do your newborn a favour and don't name him Simon
Means Snubbed Hook Nose in Hebrew too

oliviamcdonald Says:


My SO loves this name, I'm really not convinced, I think of Simple Simon or Simon Says

roxy Says:


My last name is Simon. This name means a lot in my family, I love it.

Leah3456 Says:


This name reminds me of Simon Cowell.

Shishi Says:


I LOVE this name SO much!