Susan Name Meaning & Origin


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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Azucena, Sue, Sukey, Susana, Susannah, Susie, Suzan, Suzanne, Suze, ZuZu

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Comments and insights on the name Susan

Pretty and simple. I love it

Personal experiences with the name Susan

I once worked at a place where a new girl started working there, and she told us her name was Susan, and she wanted to be called Susan, not Sue!

My youngest sister (born 2004) is named Susan, Suzy for short. She is named for my aunt Susan (born 1965), who was named for my great-aunt Susan. Both my aunt and sister are the fifth girl in their respective families. My parents wanted to give Suzy a middle name that began with Q so that she could be Suzy Q. Her name is Susan Quinn R-----. Quinn is Gaelic for fifth and my mother is full-blood Welsh.

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.

I am also a Susan. I am also a product of the late 1950's. I was named by my oldest sister and often wondered why she couldn't come up with something more unique. I recently looked up my name and found except for the year 1951, Susan reigned in the top 5 names from 1948 through 1965. It might not be unique but there sure are a lot of us! And like the person who wrote above, as I grow older the name sounds fine but I am not too sure how a Tiffany or Brittany will do.

Well, as the Tiffanys and Brittanys grow older, and nobody is naming their kids those names any more, Tiffany and Brittany will be accepted as "old lady" names.

My name is Susan, born at the height of the name's popularity. My parents named me for the song Lili Marlene. I just googled the song and discovered: By 1943 German-born anti-Nazi Marlene Dietrich was singing the song throughout war-torn Europe, and continued to sing it for the rest of her career. I was Susie as a child, Sue in high school and college. Susan for the rest of my life now that I have grown into it.

Excuse me, but what does the name Susan have to do with the song Lili Marlene?

My Grandmother was a nurse in WWII and her name is Susan. Whenever I think of a Susan, I think of all the dangerous and exciting adventures Granzy (thats what we call her) had, like saving a Danish girl's baby when the baby was almost starved to death and when she got lost in no man's land and spent the night caring for the wounded men there alone. I think Susan is a really pretty name and I'm naming my first daughter that.

I was a firstborn named Susan in the late 1950's; originally my mother had chosen Kathleen Susan, but after seeing a popular TV show called "Private Secretary" with the main character named Susie McNamara, they decided to switch to Susan Kathleen, and so it was. I was always called Susie by my mother. It went to Sue in School, then Susie at a job I had for over 20 years, and now I am called all 3. I liked it, but was dismayed that it was so common, I was always one of several Susans in every class. I would have preferred Susannah! I do like that it means "lily, or pure white lily" in Hebrew, from the original Shoshana, which I think is very beautiful. I joked to my friend that her daughter ought to name her baby Susan, and lo, and behold, she did! She named her "Lily"! I never see anyone with the name Susan in the current birth lists or newspaper announcements. I'm also surprised when young people mispell my name, or ask how it's spelled!! They do Suzin, or Suzan....

As a Susan born in 1977, I didn't run into a lot of other Susans my age growing up. By far the most common reaction I get when introducing myself is "That's my mom's name." I dislike most of the nicknames for Susan, especially Susie, but people have taken it upon themselves to call me by every variation on my name anyway. The plethora of songs about Susies, Sues, and Susans have caused me to have a lot of people I just met serenade me with old pop songs as if they were the first to think of such a thing. I have a feeling that the gratuitous nicknaming and song-singing would probably be less of an issue for a Susan growing up now. I like the fact that it's a name that's not super common in my age group but is familiar to most folks. When I was a kid, it seemed unbearably frumpy and I wished for a name that was cuter, fancier, or girlier. But I appreciate its straightforwardness more as an adult.

Nicknames for Susan

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

Meanings and history of the name Susan

From Hebrew, means "Lily"

Famous real-life people named Susan

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

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.
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 “Sue” Storm-Richards, the Invisible Woman 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)
Susan Foreman, a companion to the first Doctor on Doctor Who, often referred to as his granddaughter
Lazy Susan, a character in Gravity Falls
Silly little Susie Slater bought herself an alligator. And only fifteen minutes later, no more Susie, the gator ate her

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