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Shoshana (Shoshánna(h), שׁוֹשַׁנָּה) is a Hebrew feminine first name. It is the name of at least two women in the Bible, and via Σουσάννα (Sousanna), it developed into such European names as Susanna, Susan, Susanne, Susana, Susannah, Suzanne, Suzie, Sanna and Zuzana. The original Hebrew form Shoshana, from which all these are derived,[1] is still commonly used in contemporary Israel, often shortened to Shosh or Shoshi. In Biblical times shoshaná referred to a lily (from Lilium family); in modern Hebrew it is often understood as referring to a rose.

It may refer to:

  • Soshana Afroyim, Austrian painter who adopted the name (with a variant spelling) during her stay in Israel
  • Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino (Hebrew: שושנה ארבלי-אלמוזלינו‎, 1926–2015), former Israeli politician who served as Minister of Health between 1986 and 1988
  • Shoshana Bean (born 1977), American stage actress and singer known for her roles in Broadway musicals during the 2000s
  • Shoshana Bush (born 1988), American actress
  • Shoshana Damari (Hebrew: שושנה דמארי‎, 1923–2006), Yemenite-Israeli singer known as the queen of Hebrew music
  • Shoshana Felman (born 1942), Woodruff Professor of Comparative Literature and French at Emory University
  • Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss (born 1975), American fashion designer
  • Shoshana Johnson (born 1973), Panamanian former United States soldier, the first black female U.S. prisoner of war
  • Shoshana Kamin (Russian: Шошана Камин, Hebrew: שושנה קמין‎; born 1930) Soviet-born Israeli mathematician
  • Shoshana Netanyahu (Hebrew: שׁוֹשַׁנָּה נְתַנְיָהוּ‎, born 1923), Israeli lawyer and judge, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Israel
  • Shoshana Persitz (Hebrew: שושנה פרסיץ‎, 1892–1969), Zionist activist, educator and Israeli politician
  • Shoshana Ribner (Hebrew: שושנה ריבנר‎, 1938–2007), Israeli Olympic swimmer
  • Shoshana Riseman (born 1948), Israeli music educator, stage director and composer
  • Shoshana Rudiakov (1948–2012), Latvian pianist
  • Shoshana Zuboff (born 1951), the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (retired)

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Susannah (given name)
  • Shoshana Foundation, non-profit organization founded in 1986 upon the death of Richard F. Gold who was a long time administrator at both the New York City Opera and Chamber Opera Theater of New York
  • Sookie, a given name that is derived from Shoshana


  1. ^ "Shoshana".