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The daughter of Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, is the first well known bearer of this name. Suri (no middle name) entered the world on April 18th, amid tabloid speculation, paparazzi flutter, and Scientology conspiracy theories. She solidified a relationship that many believed to have been a creatively orchestrated publicity stunt. As if her actual conception and birth didn't incite enough of a riot of mystery and hysteria within the mass media, questions began to arise over Suri's actual existence. Of course, October 2006's "Vanity Fair" magazine put an end to the rumour with a photo spread of the happy family and the public has begun to see more of little Suri since the elaborate and star-studded wedding of her parents this past November. Her unsual name and conflicting reports over its meaning only served to play into the oddity of the whole affair and it will be interesting to see its impact on the popularity of the name Suri.
― Anonymous User  1/7/2007
Suri is the name of an ethnic group in Ethiopia and of a tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Laurea  2/7/2007
Also Persian meaning red rose.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2007
Pronounced SOO-ree or soo-ree.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2007
I don't know if it's true or not, but I heard Suri was a Farsi name that means "happiness".
Lizard435  3/10/2007
TomKat made this up. If scholars in Israel have never heard of it, it must be fake.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2007
It's listed as Yiddish, so that could be why---if it's a bit different from the original Hebrew maybe they're not familiar with this variant.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
Someone in Israel is bound to know Yiddish. If they've never heard of it, that's probably because TomKat made it up.
1crzychick  7/5/2007
Suri is a "pet" name used by the Ashkenazi Jews of Poland and Hungary for the name Sarah. This information comes from Dr. Avshalom Kor, an Israeli linguist and expert on Hebrew grammar and semantics.
sarahj  12/5/2007
I love the name Suri. I think it is gorgeous.
Jassie  6/30/2007
I love this name! It's just too bad that nobody knew it existed until TomKat used it; it's really lovely. But now all people will think of when they meet a Suri is that she must've been named after Suri Cruise. *sighs*
Pheadirean  7/3/2007
Unless they were born before Suri Cruise.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
I think this is such a pretty and sweet name!
elysa  7/6/2007
It sounds like sewage.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2007
I love it. If I am right, the name is a Japanese word for "thief", but not 100% sure.
Suri  8/27/2007
According to Jim Breen's WWWJDIC Suri (掏摸 or 掏児) does in fact mean thief or pickpocket.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2008
Such a sweet name - nicer than Sarah, in my opinion. I agree, it's a shame that it is so notorious as the name of Suri Cruise, although she is such a beautiful little girl that it only makes me like the name more!
aquamarina  3/19/2008
I didn't even think this was a real name until TomKat used it on their daughter. Now everyone will assume that someone using it named her after TomKat's daughter. Without Suri Cruise, this name is quite ugly, and it makes me think of Surrey, a county in England.
bananarama  10/9/2008
In Hebrew, Suri means "princess". In Farsi, the name Suri means "red rose". In Japanese, Suri means "pickpocket".

However, the Farsi translation is also debatable. Some natives claim Suri means "a shade of red" or "a blaze". Others explain that it means "happiness and joy".

It's a very diverse name. ^^
― Anonymous User  11/7/2008
I don't know what you people see in this name. It makes me think of syrup.
GunsnRoses8794  11/25/2008
I don't like the sound of this name. It sounds unpleasant and not very feminine. Surrey is not only a place in England, it's a town in Canada as well, and I always associate Suri with the town Surrey since I live close by.
emmiix3  3/23/2009
It doesn't sound nice. I feel for Suri Cruise on many levels.
vomiting  6/16/2009
I like this name and think it's cute, though I liked it long before Suri Cruise was born. The first time I heard it, honestly, was from the 2000 movie Dinosaur; the little girl lemur (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) is named Suri.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2009
I find "Suri" to be very sweet... unfortunately, if used, a clever fullname must be devised because the simplicity and near childish manner (especially with the ending "-i") will not aid your child in life (.. I suppose young Miss Cruise doesn't have to worry too much). It is very tender, very "cute." But as I have said: an atrocity in the professional world.
Francesca  5/8/2011
Note: there's a lot more to this name than this site is letting on.

It's origins are also Hebrew, Indian, Persian, and Japanese

The Hebrew meaning is 'Princess'
The Indian meaning is 'Sun'
The Persian meaning is 'Rose'
And the Japanese meaning, my favorite, is 'Pickpocket'
German Maiden  5/23/2011
My friend's little sister is named Sarah, and we call her Suri, because that's how she said her name when she was little.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
I find this name to be ugly. It sounds like someone saying "yes, sirree". It also reminds me of Surry county in the state of North Carolina.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2012
Suri is a diminutive of Sura, a Yiddish form of Sarah. "The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names" by Smadar Shir Sidi lists Sorali, Sorke, Sura and Tzirel as Yiddish forms of Sarah. According to a news article on Suri Cruise's name "Avshalom Kor, an expert on the intricacies of the Hebrew language, told Army Radio there is a tenuous connection [to Hebrew]. Kor said Suri is a nickname for Sarah as pronounced by Jews from Central Europe".
― Anonymous User  7/9/2012
I can't hear this name without thinking of a certain overexposed celebrity kid.
Buneary  12/26/2012
SURI is a popular surname in North India.

In fact, my name is SAFAL and surname is SURI. I have a physical record of a long family tree (uploaded on geni. Com) and the first member is recorded in 1610. Our surname has been SURI since then.

I can't speak of people outside India and what they like to think/invent... (just because a celebrity kid has SURI name doesn't mean people keeping/using/reading it for the first time actually own it or are experts knowning the meaning)... but I can tell you that SURI, in India, means the followings... (1) Lord Krishna and (2) Warrior.

Please remember, WE have the name for over 500 years and the above meanings are what we have followed since forever.

Lastly, SURI is not Yeddish name... it is HINDI Surname. AND... its masculine, not feminine.
Safal Suri  1/3/2013
Well, at least it's a real name. Not many celebrities give their children real names anymore.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2013
Hard to believe, but 241 people in the US actually named their daughters Suri in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
My name is Suri. It's legally Sarah, but ever since I was a baby I've been called Suri. I'm Jewish, and Suri is actually a VERY popular nickname for Sarah for Orthodox Jews. I'm named after my sweet grandmother who died from cancer before I was born, and I cherish my name and proudly use it in the business world. People have only said nice comments when I tell them my name, like that it's so sweet, unusual and pretty.

I absolutely love my name. I think it's beautiful in both forms.
suri s.  1/20/2015
My name is Suri, and I have been called Suri since birth. It is my Yiddish nickname for my legal name which is Sarah, from the Hebrew bible/Torah. It is an absolutely beautiful name that means princess. Both Suri and Sarah are very popular names in Orthodox Jewish circles.
suri s.  1/20/2015
Actually Suri is a Persian nickname for the name of "Soroor". Soroor is a Persian name for girls that means Joy or Happiness. The nickname of "Suri" is friendlier and closer!
Anyway, I'm happy to know this name is used in other countries as well with beautiful meanings! :)
― Anonymous User  11/3/2015
My name is Suri, and so it is the name of my great grandmother and great, great grandmother so has been passed along. It is a feminine first name as Suria is the boy version. It is from North India meaning 'Sun'

I think this is a lovely name, though it can get annoying if people think I am named after Suri Cruise despite the fact that I am older than her.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2016
I don't want to be rude, but as a native Hebrew speaker, the Hebrew word for princess is "Nesiha", I don't think Suri is a synonym or anything, never heard of this word before hearing about Suri Cruise.
Yet, Avshalom Kor is the one of the most famous linguists in Israel, so he's probably right about Suri being a nickname for Sara.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2016
The name Suri was given to 150 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
I like it because it's a very beautiful name. My best friend and her husband searched for unique baby names and finally decided to name their daughter Suri who is now 11 years old. As a fan of Tom Cruise I think he chose a nice name for his little girl unlike other celebrities who pick ridiculous ones for their children such as Apple, Bear or North.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2016
Suri is a nice name in my opinion. My friend has this name and she is Chinese. She has never had the problem with Suri Cruise.
Sania01  7/21/2016
It’s a derivation of the Hebrew word for rock: tsur
LizH  12/17/2017
Origin- Sanskrit
Meaning- "Goddess"
Native script- सुरी
Vishal Khatri  3/17/2018
Suri is an Indian female name.
Name- Suri
Origin- Sanskrit
Later origins- Indian; Nepali; Tamil; Telugu; Punjabi; Malayalam; Kannada; Bengali
Pronunciation- Su-ree
Meaning- "Goddess "
Usage- Worldwide
Sanskrit; Hindi; Marathi; Nepali script- सुरी
― Anonymous User  3/17/2018
Suri is a nickname for the Hebrew name Sarah. My little sister's name is Sarah and she goes by Suri everywhere. While in the Orthodox Jewish community it's SO popular, I found it kind of nice it's coming around to secular circles.
Prime Meridian  4/17/2018

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