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Menno Simons
"Menno Simons from Friesland"
1608 engraving by Christoffel van Sichem
Church Mennonites
Personal details
Born 1496
Witmarsum, Friesland, Holy Roman Empire
Died 31 January 1561(1561-01-31)
Wüstenfelde, Duchy of Holstein, Holy Roman Empire
Buried Bad Oldesloe
Denomination Roman Catholic (until 1536), Anabaptist (from 1536)
Spouse Geertruydt Jansdochter
Children Two daughters, one son
Profession Catholic priest (until 1536), Anabaptist minister and author (from 1536)

Menno Simons (1496 – 31 January 1561) was a former Catholic priest from the Friesland region of the Low Countries who became an influential Anabaptist religious leader. Simons was a contemporary of the Protestant Reformers and it is from his name that his followers became known as Mennonites.

"Menno Simons" is the Dutch version of his name; the Frisian version is Minne Simens, the possessive "s" creating a patronym meaning "Minne, son of Simen" (cf. English family names like Williams and Rogers).

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