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

Susanna Origin and Meaning

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

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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foreverharriet Says:


My new favourite!

Leonina Says:


That's really pretty! I also like the nn Suki but Lilly is an adorable nn for a little Susanna Lillian Kate :)

Lizzy Lou Says:


But Susanna means Lily so you're kind of naming her Lily Lillian Kate. It's like naming your kid Elizabeth Isabel (Elizabeth Elizabeth).

Elissa Says:


I have a Susanna and it suits her well. The longer I know her the more I love her name.

Catastroffy Says:


I picture a Susannah or Susanna as being a gracious and stylish woman, and Susan a proper, diligent little girl. I like them both for their different merits, but overall I think I prefer Susan.

TaliaCat Says:


Prettier than Susan OR Suzanne... I really like this name!

LcLauver Says:


I agree! Pretty name.

Guest Says:


This makes Susan prettier. (Not that Susan is bad it's just kinda old)

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


Thanks! I personally prefer Liliana as a name but it doesn't go with Susanna. Susanna Lillian Snow works also.

lulie Says:


That is a lovely combo

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I love this name! Currently dreaming of a Susanna Lillian Kate. The Lillian reinforces Lilly as a nickname.

flyingsquirrel26 Says:


An truly beautiful name. While it is strong and formal in full, it allows for many fun and cute nicknames

Sunshine Kid Says:


Beautiful, feminine and strong. Seriously, why isn't this so much more popular?