Nine Guys Named Simon in the Bible

Nine Guys Named Simon in the Bible

In the last post, we talked about the disciple Simon, who Jesus named Peter. I only know of one person called Peter in the Bible, but there are several guys named Simon in the Bible.

  1. Simon Peter (the disciple)
  2. Simon the Zealot (another disciple, which may be why Jesus called the other Simon, Peter)
  3. Simon the brother of Jesus (his other brothers were James, Joseph, and Judas)
  4. Simon the leper (the owner of the home where Jesus’ head was anointed with oil)
  5. Simon from Cyrene (who carried Jesus’ cross)
  6. Simon the Pharisee (the owner of the home where Jesus feet were washed with perfume)
  7. Simon Iscariot (father of Judas Iscariot)
  8. Simon the sorcerer (who asked to buy Holy Spirit power)
  9. Simon the tanner (who Peter stayed with in Joppa when Cornelius sent for him)

I would have never guessed there were this many Simons in the Bible.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.


  • Linda Vogt Turner Posted December 11, 2016 11:08 am

    Why do people always assume that these 9 Simons are different people rather than 9 personal attributes of the same person–the Rock?

    • Peter DeHaan Posted December 11, 2016 6:14 pm

      Linda, thanks for stopping by. You ask an interesting question, but given the cities where they lived and what they did, it’s hard to assume they are all the same Simon.

  • Duane Posted June 2, 2017 10:07 am

    I was visited by Simon in a dream. Not sure which one. He did not answer my questions regarding the Trinity or Buddism. He spoke to my wife ,a Buddist Christian, in a language I did not understand. His answers to me were through his expressions as if to say I know the answers. I was elated with the visit! In morning reading Simon the leper was mentioned! Any idea what this is about?

    • Peter DeHaan Posted June 2, 2017 12:18 pm

      Duane, this is interesting, but I can only guess at the answer to your question. But if the dream came form God, ask him what it means. I’m confident he will answer. May it be so!

  • Simon Peter Posted August 10, 2017 7:44 am

    You forgot Simon, son of Jacob, in the book of Genesis.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted August 10, 2017 8:30 am

      I think Jacob’s son’s name is Simeon, not Simon.

  • Debebe Posted March 13, 2018 10:32 am

    Great and brief teaching.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted March 13, 2018 3:15 pm

      Thanks, Debebe! Have a blessed day!

  • Jose Richard Posted March 15, 2019 11:41 am

    Not nine

    • Peter DeHaan Posted March 15, 2019 1:35 pm

      Jose, how many do you count?

      • Jose Richard Posted March 19, 2019 12:01 pm

        I counted 11 ,
        1) LUKE 2:25
        2) GENESIS 29:33
        but on further verification
        it is cleared that they are Simeon
        not Simon. So. …Thanks
        Jose Richard

        • Peter DeHaan Posted March 19, 2019 12:16 pm

          Jose, you are correct! Thanks for the additional information.

          • Jose Richard Posted March 19, 2019 1:00 pm

            Thanks again and pray for me.

  • Peter DeHaan Posted March 19, 2019 1:35 pm

    Jose, I am honored to pray for you. May God bless you in all you do. May he provide to you the desires of your heart.

  • PRABHAKARA RAO RAJARAPU Posted July 28, 2019 10:53 am


  • Diamond Posted November 13, 2019 1:29 am

    I did a preached a sermon on this about ALL the different names of Simon, YEARS ago.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted November 13, 2019 6:41 am

      Diamond, that is so cool! I’m sure it was most interesting.

  • Nswa Joseph(Deaf) Posted November 29, 2019 8:03 am

    I need evidence bible verses with nine different men and why?

  • Peter DeHaan Posted November 29, 2019 8:06 am

    Nswa, here is a link to all Bible verses that mention Simon:

    The evidence comes from the text.

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