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Quick Facts on Simon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 229
Simple meaning:
Hearkening, listening

Characteristics of Simon

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Simon

Simon is the English form of the Hebrew name Simeon which means ‘hearkening’. The name is borne by several characters in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. Simeon was Jacob’s second-born son in Genesis, one of the eleven brothers of Joseph, and the one most responsible for selling him into slavery. Simeon, like Levi, did not receive Jacob’s blessing and are instead dispersed among the other Tribes of Israel having no specific tribal territory of their own (because Jacob felt they used their “swords [for] weapons of violence” and so cursed their anger and wrath) [Genesis 49:5-7]. In the New Testament, Simon was one of Christ’s apostles and one of the “zealots” (a strong religious ideology demanding the complete removal of Roman foreign religion and rule from Israel). It is also thought this Simon was actually Jesus’ brother. The last notable Biblical Simon we’ll mention is Simon Magnus, a Samaritan sorcerer who attempted to purchase the gifts of the Holy Spirit from St. Peter. In Acts 8:20 Peter retorts: “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!” This is where we get the word “simony” (the act of buying or selling sacred Christian objects or purchasing church offices). So it’s interesting to see that most of these Biblical characters named Simon could have ‘hearkened’ or listened better. They were all a little too focused on their own agenda until they were forced to listen to the word of God. The name Simon has been in use in English-speaking counties for several centuries.

Popularity of the Name Simon

The name Simon has been on the U.S. naming charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends in 1880. The name enjoyed moderately high levels of success at the turn of the 20th century, but began to lose steam as the decades progressed. By the 1960s, Simon reached its lowest point on the charts and was only used in moderation. In the past 40 years, Simon has been slowly clawing his way back up the charts. The name still hasn’t reached the same levels of usage it maintained in the 1880s, but today it’s finally getting closer to that point. We would have thought that American Idol’s Simon Cowell might have influenced some growth in the name’s popularity, but it doesn’t appear so. Again, Simon Cowell is another Simon who doesn’t ‘listen’ very well! Simon is a very English sounding name (like Oliver, Owen, Ewan, Gavin or Liam). It also brings to mind an old Mike Myers SNL skit of the little English boy in the bath tub introducing himself: “Hello, my name is Simon, and I love to do drawings!” Simon is an adorable name for a little boy, and one that ages nicely into a handsome, confident man. You might just have to work on his ‘listening’ skills a little more than the rest because “Simon Says” like to give the orders rather than take them! Remember, the game’s not called “Simon Listens”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Simon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Simon

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Simon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Simon

    Adèle & Simon (Barbara McClintock) - When Adèle meets her younger brother after school, she cautions him not to lose anything on the way home. The children take a leisurely route, visiting friends, a street market, a park, and two museums. Predictably, Simon leaves an item (his drawing, hat, knapsack, glove) behind at each location. Set in Paris during the early 20th century, this simple story is the basis for some remarkable illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Adèle & Simon in America (Barbara McClintock) - French siblings Adéle and her younger brother, Simon, last seen in Paris, are now in America, visiting their aunt. They are looking forward to their cross-country train journey, but once more, Simon is being less than careful with his belongings. He starts the trip with a journal, pencil box, cowboy hat, drinking cup, and several other items, but alas, they’re soon strewn across the states. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Michael Reisman) - Occasionally breaking into the story with a first-person comment, this book’s omniscient narrator tells the story of 11-year-old Simon Bloom, who one day discovers a mysterious, hidden forest in the middle of his New Jersey town. Followed by timid Owen, Simon enters the clearing where a secret, powerful group, the Order of Physics, has just met and disbanded. The adventure begins when a large book pops out of nowhere and decks Simon. Entitled Teachers’ Edition of Physics, the book is filled with scientific formulas that Owen figures out how to use, much like magic spells. This is great, escapist fare for those smart middle-grade readers who are fascinated by science, magic, and adventure. Grades Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect (Michael Reisman) - In Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper, Simon Bloom and his friends used the Book of Physics to narrowly defeat villainess Sirabetta. Now Simon's nemesis, stuck as a helpless thirteen-year-old, wants revenge. In this exciting sequel, Simon and company must enter the mysterious undersea realm of the Order of Biology to find Sirabetta before she can restore her powers. Aided by old allies and some new ones, the kids struggle with fierce beasts, dangerous enemies, and their own evolving abilities. Blending humor, suspense, and science - and throwing new octopus powers into the mix - Michael Reisman brings us another outstandingly original adventure. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Simon's Cat (Simon Tofield) - Simon Tofield's animations have taken YouTube by storm. Now, the feline Internet phenomenon makes his way onto the page in this first-ever book based on the popular animated series. SIMON'S CAT depicts and exaggerates the hilarious relationship between a man and his cat. The daily escapades of this adorable pet, which always involve demanding more food, and his exasperated but doting owner come to life through Tofield's charming and hilarious illustrations. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Simon's Hook; A Story About Teases and Put-downs (Karen Gedig Burnett) - All children experience the taunts and teasings of other children. Karen Burnett is an elementary school counselor with more than 20 years experience and has written a wonderful picturebook story (charmingly illustrated by Laurie Barrows) that offers an intriguing, entertaining, and proven technique that kids can employ when feeling hurt or confused as a result of teasing by friends, peers or siblings. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Where Is Baby's Birthday Cake?: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz) - It's Baby's birthday, but where is his cake? Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps to find Baby's birthday cake in this Karen Katz board book. Children will discover fun, festive objects under each flap until they finally find Baby's yummy birthday cake on the final page of this adorable new title. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Simon

    Famous People Named Simon

    Famous People Named Simon - Simón Bolívar (Venezuelan military and political leader); Simon Cowell (TV personality); Simon Gallup (bassist of The Cure); Simon Le Bon (lead singer of Duran Duran)

  • Children of Famous People Named Simon

    Children of Famous People Named Simon

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Simon - Albert Finney (actor); Jessica McClure (actress); Laurence Olivier (actor); Marlon Brando (actor); Phil Collins (musician)

Personality of the Boy Name Simon

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Simon

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