Meaning and Name Origin
Susan \s(u)-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.
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.
Susan is a very popular first name for females (#8 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#67386 out of 88799, Top 76%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Susan for girls. Susan reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #851 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Susan and associated names. Popular variation forms of Susan (#851 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Sanna, Shanna, Sudie, Sue, Suellen, Susana, Susann, Susanna, Susanne, Susie, Suzan, Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzette, Suzy, Zana and Zuzanna. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Susan, Susie, Suzan, Suzanne and Suzette falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)