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Gender: F Meaning of Susan: "lily" Origin of Susan: Hebrew, shortening of Susannah Susan's Popularity in 2013: #844

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Although Susan had her heyday from the thirties to the sixties, and is now common among moms and new grandmas, and though most modern parents would prefer Susanna/Susannah, we have spotted some flickers of interest in a revival. It still retains a certain black-eyed-Susan freshness.

Susan has a substantial literary resume, including appearances in George Eliot's Mill on the Floss, Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers, Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude the Obscure, and Charlotte Bronte's Shirley.

Susan's many nicknames include Sue, Susie, Suzy, Sukie, and Zuzu--many of which have been celebrated in song. Among Susan's notable namesakes are activist Susan B. Anthony, writer Sontag, and actress Sarandon.

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Famous People Named Susan

Susan B. Anthony , American civil rights leader
Susan Hayward , American actress
Susan Downey, film producer
Susan Hampshire, English actress
Susan Jaffe, ballerina
Susan Kohner, actress
Susan Lucci, actress
Susan Zuccotti, Holocaust historian
Susan Collins, senator
Susan Vreeland, author
Susan Bennett, voice artist
Susan Branch, author
Susan Sarandon, American actress
Susan Cabot, American actress
Susan George, English actress
Susan Cain, American psychologist and TED-talker
Susan Maughan, English singer
Susan Rothenberg, artist
Susan Atkins, member of the Manson family
Susan Jacoby, author
Susan Jeffers, psychologist and self-help author
Susan Ashton, musician
Susan Sontag, writer
Susan Flannery, actress
Susan Faludi, journalist
Susan Sullivan, actress
Susan Oliver, actress
Susan Dey, actress
Susan Orlean, journalist
Susan Polgar, writer
Susan Powter, motivational speaker
Susan Tedeschi, musician
Susan Tyrrell, American actress
Susan Taylor, journalist
Susan Graham, musician
Susan Yeagley, American actress
Susan Ursitti, American actress
Susan Isaacs, novelist
Susan Isaacs, actress
Susan Wiggs, American author
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, American author
Susan Egan, American actress and singer
Susan Rice, UN ambassador for the United States
Susan Rosenberg, American political activist
Susan Sulley, English singer
Susan Coolidge American children's author
Susan Olsen, American actress
Susan Boyle, Scottish singer
Susan Wojcicki, American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube
Susan "Susie" Essman, American stand-up comedian and actress
Susan Calman, Scottish comedian
Janet Susan Mary "Viva" Hoffman, American actress
Susan Eloise Hinton, author of the novel The Outsiders

Pop Culture References for the Name Susan

Susan Frankenstein, character in movie "Frankenweenie"
Susan Pevensie, eldest girl in Chronicles of Narnia series
Susan Fischer, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Susan Ivanova, character on TV show "Babylon 5"
Susan Foreman, character on TV's "Dr. Who"
Susan G. Komen, breast cancer organization
"To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting," song by Donovan
"Suddenly Susan," TV sitcom

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Susan's International Variations

Zuzana (Czech) Suzanne, Suzette (French) Susanne, Suse (German) Zsuzsa, Zsuzsi, Zsazsa, Zsuzsanna (Hungarian) Zuzanna (Latvian) Susana (Portuguese) Syuzanna (Russian) Suzana (Slavic) Susanita (Spanish) Susann (Swedish)