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For the administrative subdivision of Iran, see Susan District.
Gender Female
Word/name Persian
Meaning Lotus, Lily
Other names
Related names Sue, Susie, Susannah, Suzanne
Popularity see popular names

Susan is a feminine given name, a form of Susanna, deriving originally from Middle Egyptian "sšn" (lotus flower), first reported on an 11th Dynasty sarcophagus dating from approximately 2000 B.C. However, the Hebrew root for the name for the lily, שושן, is derived from the root שוש or ששנ, meaning "to be joyful, bright, or cheerful", which is the basis for the word and name ששון Sasson, meaning "joy of life*". The Persian name for lily is سوسن sousan, susan. The name of Susa, an ancient city of Persia, may be derived from the lilies which abounded in the plain in which it was situated.



Common nicknames for Susan include:

In other languages[edit]

  • Persian: سوسن‎ (Sousan, Susan) / Tajik: Савсан (Savsan), Tajik: Сӯсан (Süsan)
  • Arabic: سوسن‎ (Sawsan)
  • Armenian: Շուշան (Šušan)
  • Chinese: 苏珊 (Sushan)
  • Suzanne in French and Dutch
  • Susanne in German, Danish and Norwegian
  • Hebrew: שושנה‎ (Shoshana) (often shortened to Hebrew: שוש‎ Shosh, Hebrew: שושי‎ Shoshi)
  • Shoshamma in Malayalam
  • Zsuzsanna in Hungarian
  • Susanna in Italian
  • Japanese: スーザン (Sūzan); interestingly, the word for Lily of the Valley is すずらん、Suzuran, which sounds quite like Susan.
  • Susanna, Sanna and Susanne in Swedish
  • Xuxa in Latin origin
  • Zuzanna or Zane in Latvian
  • Zuzana in Czech and Slovak
  • Zuzanna, Zuzia in Polish
  • Susana in Portuguese, Spanish
  • Suzana in Romanian
  • Susanna in Estonian
  • Сузана in Serbian
  • Сюзанна in Russian
  • Σουζάνα (Souzana) or Σουσάννα (Sousanna) in Greek
  • ܫܘܫܢ or ܫܘܫܢܬ (Shushan or Shushaneh) in Assyrian/Chaldean/Aramaic/Syriac
  • Suzan in Turkish
  • Сусанна in Ukrainian
  • Urdu: کنول

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Susanna

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         Females names Susan are mostly kind and generous people. It is also know that as to the origin lotus flower Susan's are given wealth and beauty from the (Egyptian) gods. The name is also known to be a persistent but caring girl who never lets go of her life goals.

Biblical meaning[edit]

         The popular name Susan doesn't occur at all in the Bible ; but it is a truncated form of the Biblical name Susannah. The name Susannah occurs only once in the Bible, in Luke 8:3, where she is mentioned among the women who minister to Jesus.
         In the Old Testament the name Susannah (or rather the Hebrew form: Shoshannah) occurs only in an apocryphal chapter that was added to the Book of Daniel (and which is still contained in the Catholic Bible). This chapter, together with two other additions to Daniel, survive only in Greek but it's generally accepted that these stories were written in Hebrew. As such, this name is identical to the word שושנה, (shoshannah), meaning Lily