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What does Sullivan mean?

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.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Salivan, Sullivion, ..

(female) Sullifa, Sullisan, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Sullivan for boys. Sullivan reached its apex rank of #463 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

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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.