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What does Sullivan mean?

Sullivan Pronunciation of Sullivan [sul-li-van] as a boys' name is pronounced SIL-ih-vun. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Sullivan is "dark eyes". Composer Arthur Sullivan; TV host Ed Sullivan; architect Louis Sullivan.

Associated with: gaelic, dark.


Sullivan has 3 variants: Sullavan, Sullevan and Sully.

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Middle name pairings:
Sullivan Boone (S.B.), ..

How popular is Sullivan?

Sullivan is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#92 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Sullivan reached its apex rank of #459 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Allan, Alvan, Bollivar, Callan, Cillian, Cullan, Cullin, Cullinan, Dallan, Delavan, Delevan (see Delvin), Dillan, Dyllan, Eilian, Elian, Eliran, Emilian, Filian, Fillan, Galvan, Gilian, Gillan, Gillean, Gillian, Gillman, Gullan, Gulshan, Jivan, Julian, Julyan, Jurian, Kellan, Kelvan, Kilian, Killean, Killian, Lucian, Mellan, Nollan, Quillan, Rollan, Salman, Salvian, Salviano (see Salvio), Seligman, Sellden (see Seldon), Selwin, Selwinn (see Selwyn), Sheridan, Shiva, Shivaun, Silvain, Silvan, Silvano, Silvaon, Siprian, Slavin, Sleven, Sloan, Solaman, Sollie, Soloman, Stevan, Stian, Stillman, Sulaiman, Sulayman, Suleiman, Suleyman, Sulleigh, Sulley, Suman, Sylvan, Tallan and Tillman. These names tend to be more commonly used than Sullivan.

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