Susan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Susan

Susan

Pronunciation: SOO-zən (key)

Origin of the name Susan:

English form of Susannah, which is from the Hebrew Soshana, a derivative of shōshannāh (a lily, a rose).

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Comments and insights on the name Susan: | Edit

"Susan . . . it wasn't a good name, was it? It wasn't a truly bad name like poor Iodine in the fourth form, or Nigella, a name which meant "oops, we wanted a boy." But it was dull. Susan. Sue. Good old Sue. It was a name that made sandwiches, kept its head in difficult circumstances, and could reliably look after other people's children.
It was a name used by no queens or goddesses anywhere.
And you couldn't do much even with the spelling. You could turn it into Suzi, and it sounded as though you danced on tables for a living. You could put in a Z and a couple of Ns and and E, but it still looked like a name with extensions built on. It was as bad as Sara, a name that cried out for a prosthetic H."

~ Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

Personal experiences with the name Susan: | Edit

My name is Susan and I love my name. My parents met just before my father went off to WWII. They fell in love on their first date and decided before he left for North Africa and Europe that they wanted a little girl and they would name her Susan. Recently in my baby book I found a little magazine picture of a baby girl (I wasn't born yet or even on the way so no picture of me existed). On the margin of the picture was written "Hi Daddy, Love, Susan." My mother had sent the picture to my father while he was away at war in anticipation of their little-girl-to-be. He carried it all over the battlegrounds of Europe with him, including the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Now how can anyone call my name dull, when it was accompanied with so much love and anticipation, and with a story like that!

My name is Susan.... and I actually like it. Very rarely was there another Susan in my classrooms. I felt unique. I prefer to go by Susie. My family members and all of my close friends call me Susie. In my opinion the name Susan is not dull - It's up to the person to give meaning to his or her name - to make themselves interesting - so when a person hears the name Susan - he or she thinks of the person associated with the name and it brings a smile to his or her face. Afterall, I've never been good at making sandwiches, keeping a level head, or taking care of other people's children - so we can't really use names to define the character of others.

I have a Grandma Sue who's always competing with my other grandma to see which one could finally be the "Thin Grandma" and opposed to the "Fat Grandma", haha.

I was named Susan after my Grandmother. It just so happened that in the early 60's in California...there was an explosion of the name Susan and all it's derivations! I went through school with at least 10 girls who shared my name. Now decades later, in a completely different state, I find myself surrounded by 6 or 7 middle aged 'Susan, Susie, Suzie, Sue, Suzanne' types! : )

Growing up I always hated the name Susan because every adult always called me Suzie-Q or Suze, and all my classmates called me Poosan and made fun of me for having a grandma name. I always wanted a different, more common name and I almost changed it. But as I got older I've grown to love it, and my boyfriend thinks it's sweet too, I'm nowhere near a grandma yet, but I really feel like the name will age with me better than other more common names. I'd rather be 'Gramma Su' than Britni.

Nicknames for Susan: | Edit

Sue, Susie, Susie-Q, Sukey, Suze, ZuZu; Suki, Sammy, Susannah Bannana, Su-Su, Sweetie Pie, Poosan,

Meanings and history of the name Susan: | Edit

From Hebrew, means "Lily"

Famous real-life people named Susan: | Edit

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), American civil rights leader
Susan Hayward (1917-1975), American actress
Susan Sarandon (1946- ), American actress
Susan Cabot (1927-1986), American actress
Susan George (1950- ), English actress
Susan Coolidge (1835-1905), American children's author
Susan Olsen (1961- ), American actress

Susan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Susan, Dean Martin
Susan, The Buckinghams
Runaround Sue, Dion
Susan's Song, Al Jarreau
A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash
Susie Q, song by Dale Hawkins, later covered by Credence Clearwater Revival and others.
Su-Su-Sudio
Wake Up Little Susie, song by The Everly Brothers
Siouxie & the Banshees
Susan Pevensie, oldest girl in the Pevensie family in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia
Susan, "first mate" of the Swallow (very practical, dependable and "sandwich-making") in Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" books about two families of outdoorsy British kids playing pirates and adventurers on their sailboats
Susan Robinson, long-running character on Sesame Street played by Loretta Long
Susan Storm, the Invisible Girl of the Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics character)
Susan Walker, from Miracle on 34th Street
Susan Bones, a Hufflepuff in Harry Potter's year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

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