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What does San mean?

San Pronunciation of San as a girls' name has its roots in English and Hebrew, and the name San means "the sandpiper bird; lily, rose". San is a version of Sanny (English): a pretty-sounding name. San is also a variant of Susan (Hebrew): nickname of Susanna and Susannah.


ASSOCIATED WITH bird, lily (flower)


VARIANTS Zanne, Sueanne, Sueann

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA SANNY, SUSAN Sanna, Siusan, Sonel, Soo, Soosan, Su, Suanny, Sue, Suesan, Sunel, Susana, Susann, Suse, Susen, Susi, Susy, Suzan, Suzana, Suzane, Suze, Suzi, Suzon, Suzy, Zanna



San Carolyn (S.C.), ..

How popular is San?

San is an uncommonly occurring first name for women but a very prominent surname for all people (#14983 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

San was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #1550 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of San listed in the Top 2000 are Susan (#1079 A YEAR AGO), Susana (#1784), Sanna, Sue, Sueann, Susann, Suzan, Suzi and Suzy. Other variants, like Soosan, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of San was common among parents during the years 1950-1959 (AVERAGE #1099) and has become much diminished since (#1886, 99% LESS USAGE), with versions such as Susana becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of San, Sue, Sueann, Susan, Susana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Susann, Suzan, Suzi, Suzy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

San is alike in pronunciation to Cyn, Sian, Sine and Zin. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Fan, Jan, Nan, Sal, Sam, Sana, Sean, Shan and Van. These names tend to be more commonly used than San.

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