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What does Susan mean?

Susan Pronunciation of Susan as a girls' name is pronounced SOO-zun. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Susan is "lily, rose". Short form of Susanna and Susannah. In the apocryphal Book of Tobit, Susannah was a beautiful woman of courage who defended her innocence against wrongful accusation. First used in the 18th century. See also Suellen, Xuxa, and Zsazsa. Suffragette Susan B. Anthony; authors Susan Cheever, Susan Isaacs; actresses Susan Hampshire, Susan Dey, Susan Sarandon; basketball player Sue Bird.


ASSOCIATED WITH book (literary), beautiful, 18th century, bird


VARIANTS San, Sanna, Shoshana, Shoshanah, Shoshanna, Shushana, Shushu, Sioux, Siouxsie, Siusan, Sonel, Soo, Soosan, Soosanna, Sosanna, Su, Suanny, Sudie, Sue, Sueann, Sueanna, Sueanne, Suesan, Suesana, Suesann, Suesonne, Suezanne, Sukee, Sukey, Sukie, Sunel, Susana, Susanetta, Susanka, Susann, Susanna, Susannagh, Susannah, Susanne, Suse, Susee, Susen, Susette, Susi, Susie, Susy, Suzan, Suzana, Suzane, Suzanna, Suzannah, Suzanne, Suze, Suzee, Suzelle, Suzetta, Suzette, Suzi, Suzie, Suzon, Suzy, Suzzanne, Zanna, Zanne, Zannie, Zsuzsa, Zsazsa

SEE ALSO Sigourney, Soki, Stockard, Zizi


(female) Sesan, ..

(male) Suern, ..

Susan Sloane (S.S.), ..

How popular is Susan?

Susan is a very popular first name for females (#8 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#30061 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Susan reached its highest rank of #3 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #1079 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Susan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Susan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

San, Sanna, Shoshana (#1864 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Sudie, Sue, Sueann, Suellen, Susana (#1784), Susann, Susanna (#1431), Susannah, Susanne, Susette, Susie, Suzan, Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzette, Suzi, Suzie and Suzy are the popular variation forms of Susan (#1079) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Suesanna, are uncommon. These relations of Susan were popular in the 1950s (USAGE OF 2.91%) and have become significantly less popular since (USAGE 0.04%, 99% LESS), with versions such as Susan becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Susan, San, Shoshana, Sudie, Sue in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sueann, Suellen, Susana, Susann, Susanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Susannah, Susanne, Susette, Susie, Suzan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzette, Suzi, Suzie, Suzy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sanna outside U.S.

Similar Names

Susan is alike in pronunciation to Season. Other recommended sound-alike names are Audan, Dustan, Duwan, Saran, Sasa, Sean, Shan, Sian, Sloan and Sula. These names tend to be less commonly used than Susan.

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