Simone is a female given name derived from Simon, Hebrew Simeon, meaning "one who hears". It first appears in Iberia from the 10th century, as Jimena, Ximena, feminine eponym of Jimeno (Simeon) II of Pamplona, founder of the Jiménez dynasty. Simone itself is the French spelling.
Simone - pronounced see-MAW-ne - is also the Italian spelling of the male given name, Simon; the Italian feminine form is Simona.
Modernly, it is a female name quite used in Portuguese, both in the South-American and in the European variants.
In Romania the feminine form Simona is widely spread whereas the masculine Simon is very rare.