Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
Simōn, as a result of assimilation to the pre-existing Greek
byname Sīmōn (from sīmos ‘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.
- The earliest documented bearer of the surname Simon in New France
came from the Saintonge region of France and was in Montreal by 1655.
Another, from Paris, is recorded in Quebec City in 1659 with the
secondary surname Lapointe.
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