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Simon

First Name
57k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Simon

"Simon" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "To be heard". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States economist and psychologist who pioneered in the development of cognitive science (1916-2001)
  2. United States playwright noted for light comedies (born in 1927)
  3. United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
  4. One of the twelve Apostles (first century)
Wiktionary

New Testament version of Biblical Hebrew שִׁמְעוֹן (shim'ón, “hearkening”), shaped to look like a Greek name; confer Σίμων (Símōn) and Σῖμος (Sîmos, “flat-nose”). In Britain, confusion arose at an early date due to similarity with native Sigmund (Siegmund), and its Norman introduced variant, Simund.

  1. Name of any of a number of men in the New Testament, notably the original name of Apostle Peter.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A patronymic surname​.
    Paul

Simon was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Simon

Simon Cowell is a reality television judge, entrepreneur, philanthropist, film, record, and television producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Simon was given the name Simon Phillip Cowell on October 7th, 1959 in Lambeth, London, England.

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Simon Pegg is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He was most active from 1995 to present. Simon was given the name Simon John Beckingham on February 14th, 1970 in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England.

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Simon Helberg is an actor, comedian, director, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1999. Simon was given the name Simon Maxwell Helberg on December 9th, 1980 in Los Angeles.

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Simón Bolívar was a President of the Second Republic of Venezuela, President of the Third Republic of Venezuela, Presidentof theSecond Republic of Venezuela, Presidentof theThird Republic of Venezuela, and 1st President ofGran Colombia. Simón was born on July 24th, 1783 in Caracas, Captaincy General of Venezuela, Spanish Empire. He died on December 17th, 1830.

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Simon Sinek is an author and motivational speaker. Simon was born on October 9th, 1973 in Wimbledon, London.

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Simon Baker is an actor and director. He has had major accomplishments since 1987. Simon was born on July 30th, 1969 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Simon

Paul Simon is a folk music, rock music, pop music, and world music musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and arranger. He plays Guitar, C. F. Martin & Company, Yamaha Corporation, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1957. Paul was given the name Paul Frederic Simon on October 13th, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, US.

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Carly Simon is a pop rock, soft rock, and folk music singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and writer. She plays Guitar, Piano, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to present. Carly was given the name Carly Elisabeth Simon on June 25th, 1945 in New York, United States.

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David Simon is an author, journalist, television writer, producer, and screenwriter. David was given the name David Judah Simon on February 9th, 1960 in Washington, D.C., United States.

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Herbert A. Simon was a scientist in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, computer science, and economics. Herbert was given the name Herbert Alexander Simon on June 15th, 1916 in Milwaukee. He passed away on February 9th, 2001.

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Sam Simon was a director, producer, writer, boxing manager, philanthropist, television director, television producer, screenwriter, boxing, and philanthropy. His career lasted from 1979 to 2015. Sam was given the name Samuel Michael Simon on June 6th, 1955. He left this life on March 8th, 2015.

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Rachel Korine is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Rachel was given the name Rachel Simon on April 4th, 1986 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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How popular is the baby name Simon in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 88 0 88
1881 75 0 75
1882 78 0 78
1883 90 0 90
1884 85 0 85
1885 83 0 83
1886 97 0 97
1887 67 0 67
1888 109 0 109
1889 69 0 69
1890 73 0 73
1891 63 0 63
1892 80 0 80
1893 71 0 71
1894 87 0 87
1895 57 0 57
1896 85 0 85
1897 79 0 79
1898 68 0 68
1899 68 0 68
1900 75 0 75
1901 72 0 72
1902 58 0 58
1903 77 0 77
1904 76 0 76
1905 80 0 80
1906 83 0 83
1907 79 0 79
1908 85 0 85
1909 94 0 94
1910 132 0 132
1911 137 0 137
1912 226 0 226
1913 244 6 238
1914 274 0 274
1915 326 0 326
1916 352 0 352
1917 358 0 358
1918 374 0 374
1919 363 0 363
1920 342 0 342
1921 399 5 394
1922 376 0 376
1923 328 0 328
1924 330 0 330
1925 337 0 337
1926 286 0 286
1927 283 0 283
1928 267 0 267
1929 267 0 267
1930 282 0 282
1931 232 0 232
1932 215 0 215
1933 201 5 196
1934 197 0 197
1935 200 0 200
1936 177 0 177
1937 195 0 195
1938 224 0 224
1939 207 0 207
1940 193 0 193
1941 192 0 192
1942 209 0 209
1943 249 0 249
1944 186 0 186
1945 179 0 179
1946 210 0 210
1947 235 5 230
1948 220 0 220
1949 199 0 199
1950 227 0 227
1951 196 0 196
1952 230 0 230
1953 202 0 202
1954 226 0 226
1955 223 0 223
1956 209 0 209
1957 209 0 209
1958 198 0 198
1959 202 0 202
1960 224 0 224
1961 227 0 227
1962 206 0 206
1963 213 0 213
1964 222 0 222
1965 196 5 191
1966 199 0 199
1967 224 0 224
1968 253 0 253
1969 245 0 245
1970 279 0 279
1971 343 6 337
1972 342 0 342
1973 352 6 346
1974 336 0 336
1975 340 0 340
1976 397 0 397
1977 367 0 367
1978 352 0 352
1979 483 0 483
1980 464 6 458
1981 465 0 465
1982 444 6 438
1983 463 0 463
1984 655 0 655
1985 564 0 564
1986 606 0 606
1987 583 8 575
1988 595 10 585
1989 580 5 575
1990 620 0 620
1991 627 8 619
1992 696 9 687
1993 673 7 666
1994 689 10 679
1995 649 5 644
1996 728 0 728
1997 780 0 780
1998 956 9 947
1999 1,123 0 1,123
2000 1,250 0 1,250
2001 1,275 5 1,270
2002 1,397 0 1,397
2003 1,420 0 1,420
2004 1,306 0 1,306
2005 1,311 0 1,311
2006 1,422 5 1,417
2007 1,350 0 1,350
2008 1,353 6 1,347
2009 1,332 0 1,332
2010 1,366 0 1,366
2011 1,359 0 1,359
2012 1,455 10 1,445
2013 1,607 0 1,607
2014 1,615 0 1,615
2015 1,648 8 1,640
2016 1,544 0 1,544

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Popularity of Simon as a first name

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Popularity of Simon as a last name

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Common last names for Simon

  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Brown
  • Rodriguez
  • Garcia
  • Martinez
  • Davis
  • Hernandez
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Robinson
  • Moore
  • Green

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Simon U.S.
  White 65.09% 64.26%
  African American 22.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Simon

People with the last name Simon are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Simon

  • How Popular is the name Simon? Simon is the 905th most popular name of all time. As a last name Simon was the 397th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Simon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 57,446 babies born with the first name Simon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Simon to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Simon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 88 new born babies.
  • When was Simon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Simon is Saturday, April 15th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Simon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Simon was in 2015 with a total of 1,640 babies. That's a lot of babies named Simon!
  • Random Simon Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Simon ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 6 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Simon: Your name in reverse order is Nomis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mnois. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Simon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 80,460 people with the last name Simon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Simon? Simon was ranked as the 397th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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