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"Menno Simons from Friesland"
1608 engraving by Christoffel van Sichem
Witmarsum, Friesland, Holy Roman Empire
|Died||31 January 1561
Wüstenfelde, Duchy of Holstein, Holy Roman Empire
|Denomination||Roman Catholic (until 1536), Anabaptist (from 1536)|
|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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