Meaning and name origin
Sullivan \s(u)-lli-van\ as a boy's 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#105 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sullivan for boys. Sullivan reached its highest rank of #463 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).