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Origin, Meaning, And History of Susan

Susan is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin derived from the Hebrew word “shushannah” meaning “lily of the valley.” It can also be associated with the ancient Persian, Egyptian, Greek, and Latin word meaning “a lotus flower.” The name is often spelled Susannah, which is the English variation of the Hebrew name “shoshana.” In Greek, it is spelled as Sousanna, and Susanna in Latin. Some common nicknames for Susan include Susi, Suzie, Sue, Sukie, Sana, Suus, Poosan, and Subo.

The name is used in several other languages as well. Susan is used as Sousan and  Susan in Persian, Sushan in Chinese, Susanna in Italian, Sūzan in Japanese, and Zuzanna in Latvian. The spelling Susanna is used in English-speaking countries, while Zuzana is used in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The name Susanna also comes in the New Testament, who was assigned the task of spreading the good news in God’s kingdom. Susa is a city in Persia that is famous for abundant lily flowers.

Susan was a much popular name in the 19th century. However, its popularity declined in the following decades. The name also left a significant mark in popular culture. Susan Heffley is a character appearing in the American children’s book series ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ created by Jeff Kinney. She is the wife of Frank Heffley and the mother of Roderick, Greg, and Manny Heffley. Susan Henchard is a simple and good-hearted wife of Michael Henchard in the 1886 English novel ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy. Susan Bunch is a fictional character appearing in the popular American television series ‘Friends.’ She is the wife of Carol Willick and the mother of Ben Geller, played by the American actress and singer Jessica Hecht.


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Famous People With The Name Susan

  • Susan SarandonAmerican actress and recipient of the Academy Award
  • Susan CollinsAmerican politician and Senator of Maine
  • Susan B AnthonyAmerican women’s rights activist who was instrumental in the women’s suffrage movement
  • Susan FordAmerican photographer and daughter of former US President, Gerald Ford

Susan On The Popularity Chart

The name Susan gained its peak popularity in 1946 when its usage went up. Learn more about the name’s popularity from the graphs below.

Popularity Over Time

The name Susan maintained a respectable popularity throughout the 1980s after which it saw a steady decline. In 2021, only 223 babies per million were named Susan.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Although Susan has become relatively less popular, it holds the 979th rank in the US in 201. Check out the graph below to understand its ranking over the years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Susan

If you are looking for names that rhyme exactly like Susan, here is the compiled list you may consider.

Names With Similar Meaning As Susan

Do you want to find a name that refers to a beautiful flower? Here are a few options with the same meaning as Susan.

Name Numerology For Susan

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