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This article is about the given name. For the administrative subdivision of Iran, see Susan District. For the lake in Minnesota, see Lake Susan. For the song by The Buckinghams, see Susan (song).
Gender Female
Word/name Persian, Hebrew, Greek
Meaning Lily
Other names
Related names Sue, Susie, Susannah, Suzanne
Popularity see popular names

Susan is a feminine given name, from French Susanne, from Late Latin Susanna, from Greek Sousanna, from Hebrew Šošanna, literally meaning "lily",[1] a term derived from Susa (Persian: Šuš), a city in southwest Iran that was the ancient capital of the Elamite kingdom and Achaemenid empire.[2]



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)
  • Sujan in Korean (수잔)

• 蘇珊 in Cantonese ( Soshan)

  • Suzanne in French and Dutch
  • Susanne in German, Danish and Norwegian
  • Hebrew: שושנה‎‎ Shoshana (often shortened to Hebrew: שוש‎‎ Shosh, Hebrew: שושי‎‎ Shoshi)
  • Sosamma in Malayalam
  • Zsuzsanna in Hungarian
  • Susanna in Italian
  • Japanese: スーザン (Sūzan)
  • 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
  • Susanna in Catalan
  • Suzana in Romanian
  • Susanna in Estonian
  • Сузана in Serbian
  • Susen in Switzerland
  • Сюзанна in Russian
  • Σουζάνα (Souzana) or Σωσσάνα (Sosana) 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. ^ Douglas, Harper. "Susanna". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "LILY". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 

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