The name comes from the Greek form of a Hebrew name which means "he hears". There are several Biblical figures carrying the name Simon. In the New Testament, Simon is the original name of apostle Peter. In the New Testament (Matthew 26:6), there is a story that talks about a woman anointing Jesus with perfume at Simon the Leper's home in Bethany. There is another Simon, from Cyrene, who was seized by the soldiers to carry Jesus' cross on his way to crucifixion.