Gender: Female Meaning of Shoshana: "lily" Origin of Shoshana: Hebrew

Shoshana Origin and Meaning

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

This is an exotic and lovely form of Susannah commonly heard in Israel. Shoshana Shaunbaum--nicknamed Shosh-- is the character played by Zosia Mamet on the hit HBO series Girls—a fact that could give the name an upward thrust.

And there are other recent references. She's a noble figure in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglorious Basterds, and Shoshannah Stern was a character on the TV show Weeds.

Shoshanna Lonstein is a designer, founder of the label Shoshanna.

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Shoshana's International Variations

Xuxa (Basque) Shosha (Yiddish)


TheHumanCanvas Says:


Lily? Rose? I'm happy with either. What lovely choices! I'll happily take my pick.

roseofjune Says:


Why is Shoshana off limits but names like Rachel and Hannah aren't?

Lizzy Lou Says:


In Biblical times "shoshana" referred to a lily (from Lilium family); in modern Hebrew it is often understood as referring to a rose. So it's both. The end.

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pastelle Says:


My Jewish name is Shoshana and I've gotten a lot of compliments about it. My nicknames included Shoshie, Shanna and Shosho.

She's a Killer Queen Says:


Though it's unusual, I really like it!
Still, if you're not a ultra-orthodox, observant, yiddish-speaking Brooklyn Jew, don't... just don't!

snowsbeloved Says:


I can't decide which I prefer Shoshana or Susannah...they're both beautiful, underused, have great nicknames (Shosh/Shana and ZuZu/Sanna, respectively), and can be worn well on females of all ages. I'm stuck :(

Rachel Says:


I'm considering this name for my daughter. My husbands grandmother was born in Germany with the name Lily, during WWII she has to change her name to Rose to sound more Christian to the Nazi Party and also had to flee to Greece. We are however not Jewish. The fact that Shoshana can be translated at Lily or Rose is very special to us but we are afraid the name is to unique for Midwest USA. No one has heard of it and I get a lot of negative responses

eveyalecia Says:


I'm not Jewish and I might be totally wrong, but I think the issue with Cohen is that it's a name given to priests. Shoshana doesn't seem to have the same connotations.

JustBrowsing Says:


is it pronounced like show-shauna, or sho-shannah ? I think it's lovely either way.

Ashley M Says:


My hebrew name is Shoshana and that means rose not lily

Shshana Says:


My name is Shshana which is a form of ShoShana. I've always hated the name because no one can ever pronounce it and it's uncommon. As I've gotten older I've grown to love my name. I don't go by it. Everyone calls me Shana

Margot_86 Says:


Whenever I hear this name, I will always be reminded of that one scene from Inglourious Basterds when Christoph Waltz is mockingly yelling at Mélanie Laurent, "Au revoir Shoshanna!" It just has such a wonderfully strong presence to it that only a few people could pull it off. If this name ever experiences a surge in popularity, I wonder if Jewish people will get annoyed when non-Jewish people appropriate it for their own kids. I've read that a couple of Jewish people have become quite annoyed by non-Jewish people using "Cohen" as the first name for their newborn sons.

indiefendi2 Says:


Shoshana is on my list ☺️ it's everything!

Zuzana Says:


I love Shoshana, agree, very glamorous

Netta5187 Says:


I like it more than Susannah! Shoshana is so glamorous.