English diminutive of Susannah, Hebrew

Susan Origin and Meaning

The name Susan is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lily".

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 Brownell AnthonyAmerican suffragist
  • Susan Hayward (born Edythe Marrenner)American actress
  • Susan Nicole DowneyAmerican film producer, wife of actor Robert Downey
  • Susan HampshireLady Kulukundis, English actress
  • Susan JaffeAmerican ballerina
  • Susanna "Susan" KohnerAmerican actress
  • Susan Victoria LucciAmerican actress
  • Susan Sessions ZuccottiAmerican Holocaust historian
  • Susan Margaret CollinsU.S. Senator from Maine
  • Susan VreelandAmerican novelist
  • Susan BennettAmerican voice artist of Apple's Siri
  • Susan BranchAmerican cookbook author
  • Susan Abigail SarandonAmerican actress
  • Susan SolomonAmerican atmospheric chemist
  • Susan Cabot (born Harriet Shapiro)American actress
  • Susan Scott RaeScottish TV anchor
  • Susan Melody GeorgeEnglish actress
  • Susan Horowitz CainAmerican author and psychologist
  • (Marian) Susan MaughanEnglish singer
  • Susan RothenbergAmerican painter
  • Susan JacobyAmerican author
  • Susan JeffersAmerican psychologist and author
  • Susan Ashton (born Susan Rae Hill)American Christian singer
  • Susan SontagAmerican author
  • Susan FlanneryAmerican actress
  • Susan C. FaludiAmerican journalist and author
  • Susan Michaela SullivanAmerican actress
  • Susan Oliver (born Charlotte Gercke)American actress
  • Susan Hallock DeyAmerican actress
  • Susan OrleanAmerican journalist and author
  • Zsuzsanna "Susan" PolgarHungarian,American chess champion and author
  • Susan PowterAustralian nutritionist, author and TV host
  • Susan TedeschiAmerican blues musician
  • Susan Jillian TyrrellAmerican actress
  • Susan L. TaylorAmerican magazine journalist and editor
  • Susan GrahamAmerican operatic mezzo,soprano
  • Susan Melinda YeagleyAmerican actress
  • Susan UrsittiAmerican actress
  • Susan IsaacsAmerican novelist
  • Susan E. IsaacsAmerican actress
  • Susan WiggsAmerican novelist
  • Susan CheeverAmerican novelist, daughter of novelist John Cheever
  • Susan Elizabeth PhillipsAmerican novelist
  • Susan Farrell EganAmerican actress and singer
  • Susan Elizabeth RiceU.S. National Security Adviser
  • Susan Lisa RosenbergAmerican radical
  • Susan Ann SulleyEnglish singer of The Human League
  • Susan Saint James (born Susan Jane Miller)American actress
  • Susan Coolidgepen name of American children's author Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
  • Susan LittlerEnglish actress
  • Susan Jane HelmsAmerican astronaut
  • Susan Marie OlsenAmerican actress
  • Susan Magdalane BoyleScottish singer
  • Susan McFaddenIrish singer/actress
  • Susan CooksonEnglish actress
  • Susan Diane WojcickiAmerican businesswoman and CEO of YouTube
  • Susan Elizabeth Ford Balesdaughter of U.S. President Gerald Ford
  • Susan "Susie" EssmanAmerican comedienne and actress
  • Susan Grace CalmanScottish comedian
  • Janet Susan Mary "Viva" HoffmanAmerican actress
  • Susan Eloise "S.E." HintonAmerican novelist
  • Susan Fromberg SchaefferAmerican novelist
  • Susan Kay "Suzi" QuatroEnglish singer,songwriter and bassist
  • Susan Martha "Susie" McEntireAmerican Christian singer
  • Susan Kay "Suzy" BoggussAmerican country music singer
  • Susan Elizabeth "Suzy" AmisAmerican actress, wife of director James Cameron
  • Linda Susan Agarelder daughter of child star Shirley Temple
  • Susan Estrichan American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, feminist advocate, and political commentator for Fox News
  • Susan HarrisAmerican television comedy writer and producer, creator of "The Golden Girls"
  • Susan PetersAmerican actress
  • Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" WeaverAmerican actress
  • Susan MikulaAmerican photographer/artist
  • Susan Debra SchofieldCabana, mother of January Schofield

Susan in Pop Culture

  • Susan Pevensiecharacter in the Chronicles of Narnia series
  • Susan Keanemain character on TV's "Suddenly Susan"
  • Susan Frankensteincharacter in movie "Frankenweenie"
  • Susan Bonescharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Susan Bunchcharacter on TV's "Friends"
  • Susan Calvincharacter in the I, Robot Series
  • Susan Cresswellcharacter on TV's "I'm Alan Partridge"
  • Susan Delgadocharacter in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series
  • Susan Fischercharacter on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
  • Susan Ivanovacharacter on TV show "Babylon 5"
  • Susan Foremancharacter on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Susan Kennedycharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Susan Colecharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Susan Mayercharacter on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
  • Susan Moorecharacter on American soap opera "General Hospital"
  • Susan Murphy aka Ginormicacharacter in animated movie "Monsters vs. Aliens"
  • Susan Rosscharacter on TV's "Seinfeld"
  • Susan "Sue" Storm aka The Invisible Womancharacter in Fantastic Four comics
  • Susan Ashwoodcharacter in the Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz
  • Susan Mortlakecharacter in the Power of Five series
  • Susan Wainwrightcharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Susan "LaF" LaFontainecharacter on TV's "Camilla"
  • Susan Elinor "Suellen" O'Hara Benteencharacter in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Susan Vancecharacter in "Bringing Up Baby"
  • Susan Mullucksthalidomide baby on TV's "Call the midwife"
  • "To Susan on the West CoastWaiting," song by Donovan
  • Susan G. Komenbreast cancer organization
  • Lazy Susanrotating table tray
  • Blackeyed Susan, flower
  • Susan Lewischaracter on TV's "ER"
  • Susan Elizabeth Walkercharacter in 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
  • Susan Heffleya character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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