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

The name Susanna is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lily". Susanna and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

From the experts:

Susanna is an old and under-appreciated name, perhaps because of the recent overpopularity of Susan, that is certainly due for a comeback.

The Susannah spelling is just as appropriate as Susanna. The two versions seem to have traded places over time as the dominant version. Neither spelling is in the Top 1000 at the moment, though we expect that will change over the next few years as more modern parents rediscover these beautiful Biblical names.

How is Susanna different from Susannah? The h-less version feels a bit more streamlined and modern, and might refer more directly to an ancestor named Ann or Anna. Susannah seems more old-school Biblical and more self-contained, while Susanna resembles a smoosh name: Sue + Anna. But Susanna and Susannah are pronounced the same and are equally beautiful.

A European short form of Susanna that's become popular: Sanna or Sanne.

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Famous People Named Susanna

Susanna, Biblical figure in the book of Daniel
Susanna Kaysen, American memoirist
Susanna Lee Hoffs, lead singer of American band The Bangles
Susanna Shakespeare Hall, eldest daughter of William Shakespeare
Susanna Mary Clarke, English fantasy novelist
Susanna Centlivre, English playwright and poet
Susanna Thompson, American actress
Susanna Gross, English journalist and newspaper editor
Susanna Victoria Reid, English TV journalist
Susanna Agnelli, Contessa Rattazzi, first woman Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Pop Culture References for the name Susanna

Susanna Thompson, character in movie "The Way Way Back"
"Oh! Susanna," popular song by Stephen Foster