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Simone Meaning and Origin

The name Simone is a unisex name meaning “hearkening” and is of French origin. Simone is derived from the Hebrew name “Shim’on,” which means “hearkening” or “listening.” It is also a feminine form of the name Simon, which is derived from the Greek name “Simōn” meaning “he who hears” or “one who listens.” Simone is a name borne by several characters in the Bible, one being Simeon, the second son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon. Depending on the language, Simone is both a masculine or feminine name. The name often is interpreted as he who listens to the words of God, and at other times thought to derive from sham ‘in, meaning there is sin. Simone is a popular name in many countries and cultures, including France, Italy, Brazil, and English-speaking countries. It gained prominence in the English-speaking world through the influence of the French version of the name. There are several variations of the name Simone in different languages, such as Simonne (French), Simona (Italian), and Ximena (Spanish).

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