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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.
Gender Female
Word/name Persian, Hebrew
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 but may be from the local city deity Inshushinak.



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)
  • 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)
  • 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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