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Gender: Female Meaning of Susan: "lily" Origin of Susan: Hebrew, shortening of Susannah Susan's Popularity in 2017: #963

The name Susan is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lily". Susan is ranked #963 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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 Anthony, American suffragist
Susan Hayward (born Edythe Marrenner), American actress
Susan Nicole Downey, American film producer, wife of actor Robert Downey
Susan Hampshire, Lady Kulukundis, English actress
Susan Jaffe, American ballerina
Susanna "Susan" Kohner, American actress
Susan Victoria Lucci, American actress
Susan Sessions Zuccotti, American Holocaust historian
Susan Margaret Collins, U.S. Senator from Maine
Susan Vreeland, American novelist
Susan Bennett, American voice artist of Apple's Siri
Susan Branch, American cookbook author
Susan Abigail Sarandon, American actress
Susan Solomon, American atmospheric chemist
Susan Cabot (born Harriet Shapiro), American actress
Susan Scott Rae, Scottish TV anchor
Susan Melody George, English actress
Susan Horowitz Cain, American author and psychologist
(Marian) Susan Maughan, English singer
Susan Rothenberg, American painter
Susan Jacoby, American author
Susan Jeffers, American psychologist and author
Susan Ashton (born Susan Rae Hill), American Christian singer
Susan Sontag, American author
Susan Flannery, American actress
Susan C. Faludi, American journalist and author
Susan Michaela Sullivan, American actress
Susan Oliver (born Charlotte Gercke), American actress
Susan Hallock Dey, American actress
Susan Orlean, American journalist and author
Zsuzsanna "Susan" Polgar, Hungarian-American chess champion and author
Susan Powter, Australian nutritionist, author and TV host
Susan Tedeschi, American blues musician
Susan Jillian Tyrrell, American actress
Susan L. Taylor, American magazine journalist and editor
Susan Graham, American operatic mezzo-soprano
Susan Melinda Yeagley, American actress
Susan Ursitti, American actress
Susan Isaacs, American novelist
Susan E. Isaacs, American actress
Susan Wiggs, American novelist
Susan Cheever, American novelist, daughter of novelist John Cheever
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, American novelist
Susan Farrell Egan, American actress and singer
Susan Elizabeth Rice, U.S. National Security Adviser
Susan Lisa Rosenberg, American radical
Susan Ann Sulley, English singer of The Human League
Susan Saint James (born Susan Jane Miller), American actress
Susan Coolidge, pen name of American children's author Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
Susan Littler, English actress
Susan Jane Helms, American astronaut
Susan Marie Olsen, American actress
Susan Magdalane Boyle, Scottish singer
Susan McFadden, Irish singer/actress
Susan Cookson, English actress
Susan Diane Wojcicki, American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube
Susan Elizabeth Ford Bales, daughter of U.S. President Gerald Ford
Susan "Susie" Essman, American comedienne and actress
Susan Grace Calman, Scottish comedian
Janet Susan Mary "Viva" Hoffman, American actress
Susan Eloise "S.E." Hinton, American novelist
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, American novelist
Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro, English singer-songwriter and bassist
Susan Martha "Susie" McEntire, American Christian singer
Susan Kay "Suzy" Bogguss, American country music singer
Susan Elizabeth "Suzy" Amis, American actress, wife of director James Cameron
Linda Susan Agar, elder daughter of child star Shirley Temple
Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, feminist advocate, and political commentator for Fox News
Susan Harris, American television comedy writer and producer, creator of "The Golden Girls"
Susan Peters, American actress
Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver, American actress
Susan Mikula, American photographer/artist
Susan Debra Schofield-Cabana, mother of January Schofield

Pop Culture References for the name Susan

Susan Pevensie, character in the Chronicles of Narnia series
Susan Keane, main character on TV's "Suddenly Susan"
Susan Frankenstein, character in movie "Frankenweenie"
Susan Bones, character in the Harry Potter series
Susan Bunch, character on TV's "Friends"
Susan Calvin, character in the I, Robot Series
Susan Cresswell, character on TV's "I'm Alan Partridge"
Susan Delgado, character in Stephen King's The Dark Tower 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 "Doctor Who"
Susan Kennedy, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Susan Cole, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Susan Mayer, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Susan Moore, character on American soap opera "General Hospital"
Susan Murphy aka Ginormica, character in animated movie "Monsters vs. Aliens"
Susan Ross, character on TV's "Seinfeld"
Susan "Sue" Storm aka The Invisible Woman, character in Fantastic Four comics
Susan Ashwood, character in the Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz
Susan Mortlake, character in the Power of Five series
Susan Wainwright, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Susan "LaF" LaFontaine, character on TV's "Camilla"
Susan Elinor "Suellen" O'Hara Benteen, character in "Gone with the Wind"
Susan Vance, character in "Bringing Up Baby"
Susan Mullucks, thalidomide baby on TV's "Call the midwife"
"To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting," song by Donovan
Susan G. Komen, breast cancer organization
Lazy Susan, rotating table tray
Black-eyed Susan, flower
Susan Lewis, character on TV's "ER"
Susan Elizabeth Walker, character in 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
Susan Heffley, a character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Susan's International Variations

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


briarblossom Says:


I have two cousins named Susan . I go back and forth in the name. Sometimes it sounds refreshingly simple and nice. Other times it feels dated, not many women under 40 or 50 have it. The Jennifer of it's day it could feel overused
Will it make a comeback is the question.

emmakitty Says:


This is my mother's name. She hates it, but I really like it! I've always known I wanted to use it as a middle name for my daughter. I have never met a young girl with this as a first name, and I also think it's time for a revival. Susie is also an adorable nickname — perfect for a December baby!

Daiseymae Says:


I have always liked Susan.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I actually feel lately that Susan is sounding fresh compared to Susanna. I like Susie, either way. Sue does sound like someone's nan, though.

briarblossom Says:


Susan seems like the Jennifer of its day.
I have family members with the name Susan( but no Jennifer's!)

I don't see anything wrong with using it though it may be out of general use just long enough. I would actually find names like Brooke or Katie more dated.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I've met a little girl called Susan and to be honest I was very surprised. I think it's dated and unappealing. Her sister had a much more fresh and feminine name that didn't work with plain Susan. I can tolerate Susanna slightly better but I still think it's really dated.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I always used to prefer Susanna, Suzanne, etc, but lately, am almost loving Susan more. I am sure that I will go back and forth on that, but I do feel that Susan is ready for a revival.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I do find Sue very dated too, but I love Susan and the nickname Susie.

lesliemarion Says:


"Too tired and middle-aged"????? I'm sick of the ageism. Susan was overused before but it does not seem to be now and as someone so aptly put it, it does have that brown-eyed Susan charm.

Susan Betz Says:


I have to add, I'm a Susan and I love my name. I'm 54 (b. 1962) and I was named after my great-grandmother who was born in 1885 and lived to 1984. While I was born in an era of many Susans, I wasn't named for popularity, but because of the amazing Susan that came before me.

indiefendi2 Says:


Give it a lil while and Susan can come back like cousin Vivian!

Kate Says:


We had a daughter - Susan Quinn - two days ago. Let the revival begin!! :)

Liberty_Bell Says:


Definitely time for a revival, although I HATE Sue.....

Leola Says:


The name Susan reminds me of an old lady...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's okay but I much prefer Susannah. Susan is a bit worn out for me.

Catastroffy Says:


Black-eyed susan freshness is a very good way of putting it! This is a lovely name which I can picture on a girl or woman of any age. I'd like to meet a few baby Susans.

DearestJules Says:


Actually, I think I've changed my mind. After giving it some thought, I think Susan is supercute and would be refreshing on a little girl!

DearestJules Says:


I like Susan too, but I think it sounds too tired and middle-aged these days. We'll all have to wait another decade or two before it starts to sound fresh again.

basilietea Says:


All the "unique" spelling variations are really irking me. Why do people butcher this lovely name with those spellings?

claraminta Says:


Susan is one of my favorite names! I don't think it's "way too early for a revival" at all. I don't think it suddenly will become popular, but choosing dated names is a great strategy for people who are looking for "unique names." I also love how it means "lily."