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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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Where is the Simon family from?

You can see how Simon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Simon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Simon families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 264 Simon families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Simon's in the UK. London had the highest population of Simon families in 1891.
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What did your Simon ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Simon. 12% of Simon men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Simon women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Simon were Solicitor and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Tailor
  • Solicitor

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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