Meaning and Name Origin
Sullivan \s(u)-lli-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.
Sullivan is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#105 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sullivan for boys. Sullivan was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #463 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)