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

Susannah Origin and Meaning

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

Susannah is by far the most stylish form of the classic name now that Susan and Suzanne have retired. Susannah has biblical and musical pedigrees, is impervious to trends, and has an irresistible, flowing rhythm. It can be spelled just as properly with or without the final 'h.'

Susannah is one of the loveliest names that, surprisingly, is not in the Top 1000—and hasn't been since 1978—though we expect that to change as soon as the memory of too many older Susans and Susies fades.

Susannah and Susanna seem to have traded place over time as the dominant version. How do they differ? The h-less version feels a bit more streamlined and modern, and might refer more directly to an ancestor named Ann or Anna, while Susannah seems more old-school Biblical and self-contained.

In the Apocrypha, Susannah is the beautiful and devout wife of Joachim, falsely accused of unfaithfulness by the elders.

William Shakespeare named one of his daughters Susanna.

A European short form that's become popular is Sanna/Sanne. The Hebrew Shoshana has played a prominent role on the TV show Girls. Zuzu is an adorable It's a Wonderful Life nickname.

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Voltage Says:


I love it.

GenEric Says:


This is a gorgeous name, and will age better than Susan/Suzanne.

Liamy Says:


Actual Hebrew speaking Jew here, if you want to be biblically accurate then it's שושנה and Shoshanah is the most common transliteration.

It's not important though! Let people spell their names how they want!

CocoaPuff Says:


Assuming bible spellings have never changed? I don’t think an h is going make or break the link

Daiseymae Says:


I love it.

Miriam2468 Says:


Yes I agree! I don't like Susan, Suzanne, and other ones like that, but I love Susannah!

Daiseymae Says:


It is a beautiful name.

Daiseymae Says:


I have loved this name since I was a little girl.

scblovesnames Says:


It's a beautiful name, but I prefer Lilly.

katinka Says:


I love Susannah. It's beautiful, elegant, soft, classic and criminally underused. I'm not too keen on Susie or Suze, but Sanne or Zuzu are wonderful nicknames!

caetano Says:


or a "lily", since that's what it means.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I love it <3 honestly I'm completely sold. It's a beautiful classic, biblical long name with plenty of nickname options- my favourite is Susa, a name from my favourite book of one of my favourite series <3

Jinxgirl Says:


It's lovely, unique, and classic, and a Susannah can be anything from Susie to Suki to Anna to Sannah. It's a great name

Susanna Says:


In the Bible itself it's spelled 'Susanna' it is without the H. The Apocrypha is not included in the Bible. So by saying this name has biblical roots which is true the way it should be spelled is Susanna. You may find it in Luke 8:3.
-Susanna who was named after the 'Susanna' in the Bible

headintheclouds Says:


I'm meh about all the other Susan form names but I think this one is so great! It sounds so vintage, charming, floral and pretty, while also being strong and sturdy, not a blow-over trendy name but an underused timeless classic. Also it suits a little girl as well as a grown woman, with many lovely accessible nicknames like Sunny/Sanne/Lily/Zuzu/anything you make of it really. Can't go wrong with Susannah.

Toulouse Egg Says:


I named my first daughter Susannah and still can't think of a lovelier name for a little girl.

AnonyMom Says:


I love it.

vintageluvs Says:


I'm glad one of my top picks has gotten such high praise from nb. Its classy yet underrated. It has almost the same plethora of nicknames of Elizabeth without being overused. My great-grandmother's name was Susannah but everyone called her Machy (Mock-y after her last name), and I think this is a perfect way to honor her.

R_J Says:


It always surprises me that Susannah is not in the SSA's top 1000. If I were having a girl, I'd grab this name up!

Aurra Says:


Could be a unique way to get Lily, as it is Susannah's meaning.

rainierloner Says:


Beautiful name, love the nickname Sannah. :)