Meaning and name origin
Susan \s(u)-san\ as a girl's 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.
Susan▼ has 67 variant forms: 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 and Zsazsa.
Susan is a very popular first name for females (#8 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#67386 out of 88799, Top 76%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Susan for girls. Susan reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Susan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Susan (#851), Suzanna, Susie, Suzan, Suzanne, Suzy, Suzette, Susanne, Susanna, Sue, Sudie, Suellen, Susana, Susann and Sanna. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Susanah. This name tends to be less commonly used than Susan.