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Menno Simons

1496 - 1561

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Menno Simons (1496 – 31 January 1561) was a Roman Catholic priest from the Friesland region of the Low Countries who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and 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" (Dutch: [ˈmɛnoː ˈsimɔns]) is the Dutch version of his name; the Frisian version is Minne Simens (West Frisian: [ˈmɪnə ˈsimn̩s]), the possessive "s" creating a patronym meaning "Minne, son of Simen" (cf. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Menno Simons has received more than 477,042 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Menno Simons is the 706th most popular religious figure (down from 595th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 79th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Dutch Religious Figure.

Menno Simons was a Dutch theologian who was born in 1496 and died in 1561. He was a Catholic priest before he became a Protestant. He is most famous for being the founder of the Mennonite Church.

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Among religious figures, Menno Simons ranks 706 out of 2,238Before him are Frances of Rome, Radha, Leopold III, Margrave of Austria, Mattathias, Al-Nasa'i, and Gertrude of Nivelles. After him are Said Nursî, Leonard of Noblac, Hippolytus of Rome, Evagrius Ponticus, Martin Bucer, and John of God.

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Among people born in 1496, Menno Simons ranks 4Before him are Hatice Sultan, Gustav I of Sweden, and Mary Tudor, Queen of France. After him are Sebastiano Venier, Claude, Duke of Guise, João de Barros, Johann Walter, Dawit II, and Angelo Beolco. Among people deceased in 1561, Menno Simons ranks 5Before him are Şehzade Bayezid, Rüstem Pasha, Gülfem Hatun, and Lope de Aguirre. After him are Matteo Bandello, Claude Garamond, Bairam Khan, Sayri Túpac, Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, and Yamamoto Kansuke.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Menno Simons ranks 108 out of 1,427Before him are Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (1967), Louise of the Netherlands (1828), Gerrit Dou (1613), Adriaen van Ostade (1610), Jan Swammerdam (1637), and Marinus van der Lubbe (1909). After him are Pier Gerlofs Donia (1480), Isabelle de Charrière (1740), Willem Janszoon (1570), Simon van der Meer (1925), Cornelis Drebbel (1572), and Pieter Aertsen (1508).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In Netherlands

Among religious figures born in Netherlands, Menno Simons ranks 2Before him are Pope Adrian VI (1459). After him are Lambert of Maastricht (635), John of Leiden (1509), Lidwina (1380), Geert Groote (1340), Wim Hof (1959), Ludger (742), Johannes Willebrands (1909), Peter Hans Kolvenbach (1928), Adrianus Johannes Simonis (1931), and Balthasar Bekker (1634).