Gender: Female Meaning of Susan: "lily" Origin of Susan: English short form of Susannah, Hebrew,"lily"

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

Pop Culture References for the name Susan

Sawsan, Shu Shu, Sioux, Siouxsie, Siusan, Soosan, Soosanna, Sosan, Sosana, Sosanna, Suanny, Sue, Suesan, Suesann, Suesonne, Sueva,

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)


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sunnie would be a unique nn choice.

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."