So Many Babies Are Going to Be Named Simone This Year Thanks to Simone Biles and Simone Manuel By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Aug 17, 2016 2:40 PM CDT 41 comments Comments Olympic champions Simone Manuel and Simone Biles are about to have a lot more Simones to contend with. (Twitter) (Newser) – 2016 is the Year of Simone, at least as far as the Olympics and baby names are concerned. NBC News reports Google searches for "Simone baby name" are up 230% in August thanks to the Olympics success of swimmer Simone Manuel and gymnast Simone Biles. Apparently there hasn't been this much Google interest in the name Simone since 2010. And two baby experts tell USA Today they expect to see a boom in babies named Simone over the next few months. “With a pair of athletes who are not only successful but seen as great role models, combined with a softer sound, it is like hitting the jackpot,” one expert says. Biles' father says having a bunch of babies named after his daughter "would make me smile."