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Simon Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish (Simón), Czech and Slovak (Šimon), Slovenian, Hungarian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name, Hebrew Shim‘on, which is probably derived from the verb sham‘a ‘to hearken’. In the Vulgate and in many vernacular versions of the Old Testament, this is usually rendered Simeon. In the Greek New Testament, however, the name occurs as Simon, as a result of assimilation to the pre-existing Greek byname Simon (from simos ‘snub-nosed’). Both Simon and Simeon were in use as personal names in western Europe from the Middle Ages onward. In Christendom the former was always more popular, at least in part because of its associations with the apostle Simon Peter, the brother of Andrew. In Britain there was also confusion from an early date with Anglo-Scandinavian forms of Sigmund (see Siegmund), a name whose popularity was reinforced at the Conquest by the Norman form Simund.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Simos, Simeon, Siman, Sion, Simo, Siemon, Limon, Simons, Maimon

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Simon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Simon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Simon. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    29%

  • European Jewish

    13%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    12%

  • Germanic Europe

    10%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    6%

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Simon Family Origin

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Simon Family Occupations

What did your Simon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Simon family was Hunter. Farmer, Cultivateur and Chasseur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Simon. The most common Simon occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Simon's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    19%
  • Cultivateur

    11%
  • Chasseur

    5%
  • Hunter

    5%

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Simon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 287,000 census records available for the last name Simon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Simon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 91,000 immigration records available for the last name Simon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Simon. For the veterans among your Simon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Simon Life Expectancy

What is the average Simon lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Simon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Simon in 1941 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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