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Gender: F Meaning of Susannah: "lily" Origin of Susannah: Hebrew

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Susannah is by far the most stylish form of the classic name now that Susan and Suzanne have retired. Susannah has biblical and musical pedigrees, is impervious to trends, and has an irresistible, flowing rhythm. It can be spelled just as properly with or without the final 'h.'

Susannah is one of the loveliest names that, surprisingly, is not in the Top 1000--and hasn't been since 1978-- though we expect that to change as soon as the memory of too many older Susans and Susies fades.

Susannah and Susanna seem to have traded place over time as the dominant version. How do they differ? The h-less version feels a bit more streamlined and modern, and might refer more directly to an ancestor named Ann or Anna, while Susannah seems more old-school Biblical and self-contained.

In the Apocrypha Susannah is the beautiful and devout wife of Joachim, falsely accused of unfaithfulness by the elders.

William Shakespeare named one of his daughters Susanna.

A European short form that's become popular is Sanna/Sanne. The Hebrew Shoshana has played a prominent role on the TV show Girls; Zuzu is an adorable It's a Wonderful Life nickname.

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Famous People Named Susannah

Susannah Johnson (born 1990), American gymnast
Susannah Grant (born 1963), American screenwriter/director
Susannah York (1939-2011), English actress
Susannah Melvoin (born 1964), American vocalist
Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer
Susannah Ansley Conroy, daughter of American author Pat Conroy
Susannah Constantine, English fashion expert ("What Not to Wear")
Susannah Harker, English actress
Susannah Maria Cibber, English opera singer and actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Susannah

"Susannah," opera by Carlisle Floyd
Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow, character in "Legends of the Fall"
Susannah, minor character in the Underland Chronicles series by Suzanne Collins
Susannah Joy, a little girl mentioned in "One Child" by Torey Hayden
Susannah Dean, character in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King