This name derives from Hebrew “Shim‛ôn” (Ancient Greek: Símōn “Σῐ́μων”), meaning “He (God) has heard”. In turn, it derives from the word “sh'ma”, meaning “listen” (God has heard your prayer to grant a child). Sh'ma Yisrael are the first two words of a section of the Torah and are the title (sometimes shortened to simply "Shema") of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. 1) Simeon or Shimeon was the 2nd son of Jacob by his wife Leah and progenitor of the tribe of Simeon. 2) Simeon was an Israelite of the sons of Bani who had a foreign wife in the time of Ezra. Some authors consider this name a classical Greek name.