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What does Susan mean?

Susan Pronunciation of Susan [su-san] 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.


Susan has 67 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, Zsazsa and Zsuzsa.

Affiliated girl names: Sigourney, Soki, Stockard and Zizi.

4 more relations via Suellen, Susanna, Susannah, Zsazsa: Suelyn, Suesanna, Susanah and Zuzana.

Creative forms:
(female) Sesan, Susani, ..

(male) Suern, Susea, ..

Middle name pairings:
Susan Cecilia (S.C.), ..

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 #929 presently. (2015 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?

with its variant forms and related girl names. San, Sanna, Shoshana (#1842 the previous year), Sudie, Sue, Sueann, Suellen, Susana (#1702), Susann, Susanna (#1271), Susannah, Susanne, Susette, Susie, Suzan, Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzette, Suzi, Suzie and Suzy are the popular variation forms of Susan (#929 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Suesanna, are uncommon. These relations of Susan were popular in the 1950s (usage of 4.42%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.03%, 99% less), with versions such as Susie 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 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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