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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.

For more information, see also related girl names Sigourney, Soki, Stockard and Zizi.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Susan name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sudie, Sue, Suellen, Susan, Susana, Susann, Susanna, Susanne, Susie, Suzan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzette, Suzy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Susanah. This name tends to be less commonly used than Susan.