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I like this waaaaaaaaaay better than Susie or Suzie or Suzy or anything like that.
Hekate Rose  7/15/2019
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My sister Susan is looking for a poem or verse, written presumably by a mother or grandmother for a new baby named Susan (possibly around 1942) which begins something like this:

Will you be Susan, or Susie?

Will you be Susan, prim and demure or

Will you be Susie (or Suzy) sassy and...

We don’t know the exact words. Do any of you know this? If you do, and possibly have the verse, could you let us know?
Linda Gail  7/13/2019
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Susan is such a gross name it reminds me of the girl from Narnia.
camillap  6/4/2019
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Beautiful name, now it's even prettier that it's not common anymore. Can see it on a businesswoman but also on a little girl. I prefer Susanna, but this variation is also pretty. Suzy is also a very cute nickname.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2019
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Wow, there are some very long comments for the name Susan here! Didn't know people could submit a whole essay autobiography on a website this underrated!
Hushpuppy  4/14/2019
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The name Susan is Hebrew. It translates into a rose of Sharon and lily of the valley. These are phrases used in the bible to reference Jesus. In Hungarian, the name is Zsa Zsa (as in Gabor). I really like the Hebrew version of the name which is Shoshanna, sooooo cool. I like the zen sound to this name. The letter Z is often used in the various spelling of the name, which I find edgy and exciting. I think that it is the epitome of femininity. It has a long history in the French history, as well.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2019
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Horrible ugly name from the 1950s/60s that appeared from nowhere then disappeared just as fast. Hopefully, it will vanish without trace.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2019
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Susan McFadden is an Irish singer and actress and a former member of Celtic Woman.
kay_girl_97  12/31/2018
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As with the name Susie, I really like this name. It works well throughout all the stages of life (a person can be called Susie as a child and Susan when she is an adult) and it works well with all kinds of girls, ranging from cute to cool. I highly recommend it!
― Anonymous User  11/30/2018
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I have always liked this name. It's on the short list as a name for my daughter. I associate the name with a confident, straightforward woman with high standards -- guess it just happens that all the Susans I've met fit this bill. I don't think I've ever met a stupid person named Susan, though I'm sure they exist. On the possible downside: it's not a very feminine name, maybe too serious, maybe (now that I'm reading the comments here) dated? (though I always thought of it as timeless).
― Anonymous User  10/12/2018
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In 2018, 55 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Susan who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 28th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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Just another okay but plain Jane kind of name.
Luvbug86  9/30/2018
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I quite like my name, thanks. Suz is my preferred nickname. I love that it’s an ancient name with a simple and beautiful (but neutral) meaning and that it doesn't end with a vowel. There are so many examples of strong, independent Susans that possess the rare but powerful ability to combine excellence in both logic and creativity - who are truly change agents. I’ve heard it's also the most common name in rock and roll (along with its variations).
SuperSusan  9/27/2018
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Susie as a nickname sounds too babyish and this name is rather boring. Susan is not a terrible name, it’s a meh name.
Curious me  9/21/2018
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I've never liked this name. It's boring and just kind of dowdy. And the nickname Susie is just blah. I'm glad that it doesn't seem to be popular or common at all these days.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2018
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Susan sounds so old fashioned, and I dislike the nickname Susie.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
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My name personally is Susan, I could never quite get the meaning of my name; "Lilly of the valley"; but, it is quite shocking to me to have such a name with so little meaning behind it. When someone calls me by my name, I always imagine the way it sounds, not how it's pronounced, but how the name sounds "personificated", "dull", and the opposite of "able-bodied". It sounds more like an elderly name to me, but I always visualize an Indian, Bohemo, and a psychic woman named Susan. Because the name sounds fit for "wise", symbolic for an owl. The main reason why I don't seem interested in my own name, because I've never met another Susan my age like me.

I've met a few elderlies with the name. Don't get me wrong you'd seem surprised.

Most of those elderlies are successful loners, who went through so much in their life when they were younger, by watching their siblings/or someone else make mistakes as their learning experience not to do something to its extremes.(?)

I'm saying this, because personally I'm 17, and very mature for my age, despite being introverted and laid back. I've never had any friends before, it's a pain in the arse because I've dealt with problems with my sisters making mistakes, I've sat back and learned from their experience, although I've not encountered experiences yet. But, I don't wish to make mistakes in my waking life. So yes, I'm a loner and I'll probably be an old loner someday, but it doesn't bother me as long as I'm successful!

Even though my name is Susan it doesn't mean I'm shy. It's the result of not wanting to meet other people in your own area, if half of them are snobs.

There's so many people out there with my name Susan, but with so little time in a small world. There's hardly any Susan's I know.

There's times where I want to change my name because then IF someone hears, "My name is Susan" they all look at me with some sort of reaction. Say I changed my name to Helena, Someone wouldn't react as much. Because Helena sounds so pretty. Like when I say "react", I mean give you funny or blank facial expressions right after introducing yourself. "My name is Susan-- people would look at me with shock, because the name is out of style or sounds dull, but most of all it's a friendly name, so you have some folks that aren't friendly and those are most likely to give you those funky looks. There's no telling why that is, they say once given a name, your personality is chosen. But people are rude anyway! If your name is Susan, rock that name!

So here's another interesting impression that makes me wonder, there's a lot of other Susan's out there with my name, they all seem just like me, but they're different. What's so shocking is, I see many doctors, writers, artists, and scientists with the name Susan, because it's an intellectual name. I find it interesting! I'm an artist and a writer, but I'm planning on publishing some of my works and paintings as soon as I get out of school, I've heard that many other Susans have that same aspect. I'm also pretty smart with science and some say I should be a doctor or a scientist.

But there's one problem. What I don't like about the name "Susan" is... it's just too innocent, although the name is mature, it also has its childish wittiness to it. Like too much imagination, even for an adult "imagination" just seems out of its league, you're thinking so much that it distracts you from your job(etc.) Or you tend to talk too much sometimes, it puts you nowhere; like you're stuck in between a parallel universe that seems like there's no change. If you're a talker, but quiet in public, but talkative at home or somewhere with close relatives or friends, sometimes you distract yourself or them which sometimes either may end your friendship, get you fired, or other negative aspects the name seems to bring. It's almost like unluckiness. I've been the same since childhood, but I've been more mature while having a childish side to me. That's the point I've come across on being stuck in the middle of wanting to change, but you feel like you've accomplished enough about yourself, which is annoying. I've had a teacher named Susan in third grade, and she gave me a Jewelry box she had crafted when she was younger, I remember her since childhood. A couple times I've run into her in grocery stores. She's the same Susan I've known since third grade shockingly, she just aged and retired. That's one of the examples on feeling "stuck".

But the positive aspect of it, imagination helps with meditation. It's very hard to explain on that input, but by my experiences with my name Susan, I'll be thinking of something fictional, rather than worrying about my grades, which gets rather annoying. A teacher of mine would yell, "Susan!" Which makes the whole class look at me especially when they hear my name being called forwardly, it just sounds like the teacher is teasing me as if I were child-like. Sometimes people would call me "Sue" to pull me out of my thoughts, for a way to grab my attention in a teasingly gesture. Especially my parents unfortunately.

I hate being called that. When I'm in public places, I'm so quiet and insecure, very private and soft-spoken. I tend to speak too fast naturally, which is annoying because I have to repeat myself a few times.

Most of all, the name Susan is just plain and simple. It makes me feel like I'm a plain Jane, I even dress like it because it's natural to me. It's like "style of fashion" just seems too time consuming, but there are times where I dress feminine because I feel like a walking yinyang because of how neutralized the name Susan brings for a masculine/feminine female. But it's not a name for a boy, because it sounds more feminine for a masculine figured female, that is very strong-willed and can fight if angered enough. Lol.

I wish the name Susan would just stay out of style, it's good to be unique, but it's not a good name to be called by if I were to be married, I wouldn't want someone to seductively say my name because it sounds plain, try practice saying it like that once, you'll laugh and be surprised of how "blunt" it comes out either way of pronouncing it.

If I desired to change my name or had to pick what I'd rather go by... My middle name is Marie, so I'd rather go by Marie, but the name Marie also matches the name "Susan" except "Marie" sounds more feminine. But I like the name Susan or Susanna, like the biblical character Susanna.
AestheticOddity  7/13/2018
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I was born in 1955 and went to school with several Susans, including my best friend Susan Fischer, the nicest, most popular girl in kindergarten, first grade, and on up. My name, however is Suzanne. But I've gone through life having people call me "Susan" (or worse "Sue"). People continue to misspell my nickname "Susie"; it's SuZy. With a Z, like the ZZZZZZZZ in SuZanne. You'll note that the Anne at the end is pronounced 'ANNE' not 'UN'. But people can't see, read, or hear, apparently. And it's only getting worse. Because people. LOL.

In spite of this lifetime annoyance you'd think I'd dislike the name Susan but no, I've always liked it. To me it's a sunny name. Sun-kissed Susan. You will find all the the Susans on the beach. Well, it contains the sound "sun". Also there is the flower, the Black-eyed Susan, a sunny, yellow flower with a warm brown center.

Susan may be a dated name but aren't they all? I'm sorry that the 40-year-old poster dislikes her name so much. BUT there were plenty of other names that died out after the Baby Boomer generation, for example Linda, Nancy, Debbie, Connie, Cindy, Sandy, Jane; even Mary for the most part. Just about everything except Katharine and Elizabeth. Even Sarah kind of died out there for awhile. So it's not just Susan. Just saying.

In my generation the old-fashioned names were Lilian, Blanche, Gladys, Betty, Thelma, Clara, Jean, Hannah, and the like. My grandmother was named Hannah Matilda. I've always loved the name Clara, and it's made a come-back. Heck, so did Hannah. Maybe Susan will too.
Sostiver  7/10/2018
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I’m nearly 40, and I am the only person I’ve ever known in my age group named Susan. Even friend of friends. When people say it reminds them of someone older, we’re talking 70 years old not 40. Just to be clear.
Is there any other name that spiked in popularity (like Susan in the 50’s) only to be completely discarded by the next generation?! I can’t think of one. Weird.
I’ve always hated my name. It doesn’t suit me. It’s dated, but without the cutesy antique factor. I don’t like the way it sounds. It’s not even bland like Sarah, which would at least be neutral. I should have just changed it when I was in high school, but I didn’t want to seem “affected” like some of the others girls who were changing their names. I’m glad other people have positive associations with this name. I hope my kids feel that way too, but those positive associations probably won’t translate to others. Just don’t name your newborn Susan. Trust me. It’s not a name they will cherish. Please let this one die.
― Anonymous User  4/10/2018
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Susan is Martha and Dickon's mother, a character in The Secret Garden.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
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When I hear the name Susan I think of a llama.
susanthellama  1/26/2018
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It sounds very old ladyish to me, like a grandma. But maybe not that old, maybe around a 40 year old woman? I love Susannah though.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2017
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It cries out 'boring' for me.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2017
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Susan Wainwright from Sunset Valley. Usually in my stories, her birth name is Susanna Amanda Bronte, with Susan (or even shorter, "Su") being an anglicization of the name, and Wainwright being her husband's (Boyd Allen Wainwright) surname. Nicknames for Boyd Wainwright himself are usually Bo or Boydikins.

I can see someone named Susan being nicknamed Usa but it would be pronounced OO-sah, like the Japanese town.
Gaia Nicolosi  10/17/2017
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I don't mind Susan as an adult, though I wanted to change my name as a child - I sometimes felt like a number. There were three of us in the same grade through primary school, and a couple ahead of us a year or so. The early 60s was riddled with the name Susan. I ended up with Susan (yay), as for the other two along side of me, one was Sue, and the other one was Susie. My name was given to me as a memorial to my mom's best friend who mis-carried her Susan a couple years prior. In researching my lineage - there might have been a Susan as a nick name, and not sure of any real Susan before me in my own family.

I can't stand being addressed as Sue. This single syllable name just doesn't seem to carry much lilt, music, or convey much emotion. You might as well call me key, bolt, lock, or pen.

My chosen nickname is Susie, probably from my childhood happy memories with my dad. Work is always Susan.

And finally... it took me 42 years to figure this one out... sUSAn how cool is THAT!
USA - my country right in the middle of my very own name.
susiefreckleface  9/30/2017
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I'm a Susan, born in 1963 so I went to elementary school with a couple of Susans. I always loved my name and my mom made sure I knew my name wasn't Sue or Susie (not that there's anything wrong with those names, they just weren't mine). The Susans I knew were funny, kind, smart, and well loved so I never had any bad experiences with a Susan that was unpleasant. After graduating high school I only knew one new Susan and she was awesome. It's nice having a name not everyone has and it would be cool to have it come around again in my lifetime. Thank you to the Susan who posted last and pointed out the USA in Susan! I love it and am proud to be born and raised here!
Sgrand  10/12/2017
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I love this name because it is my mother's name. It has fallen out of popularity over the past few decades, but it could make a comeback in the near future as some of the older names from the early 20th century have.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2017
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My name is Susan, and I've always liked it. There is this TV show, Call the Midwife, about midwives in the early 1960s. I love this show! In one episode a woman gave birth to a baby who had deformed arms and legs--she was very sad and upset, of course. She decided to name her baby Susan because, she said, her daughter would have a difficult enough life already. She reasoned that Susan was a simple name that everyone knows. I thought that was amusing. Susan is a "you can't go wrong" kind of name, like Laura or Elizabeth.

The name is smart, assertive, and feminine. Someday Jennifer, Ashley, Emily, Olivia, etc. Will be old lady names and Susan will make a comeback!
BoomerBloomer  7/5/2017
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Susan K. Mashiko is a retired United States Air Force major general who served as the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia. Her responsibilities include assisting the director and principal deputy director in managing the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO. Also, as the commander, Air Force Space Command Element, she manages all air force personnel and resources assigned to the NRO and serves as the senior adviser to the DNRO on all military matters. Mashiko is the first Japanese American woman to be promoted to flag rank.
lilolaf  6/28/2017
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It kinda sounds oldish and mature.
Phoenix Gemstone  6/27/2017
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Susan Polgar is a Hungarian-born American chess Grandmaster. She is famous for having been a child prodigy at chess, for being a pioneer for women in chess, and for being an advocate for chess in education. She is an Olympic and World chess champion, a chess teacher, coach, writer and promoter and the head of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University as well as the head coach for the 2011 and 2012 National Championship college chess teams at Texas Tech University and the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Final Fours of College Chess, also known as the President's Cup. National Championship teams at Webster University. She is the oldest of the famous "Polgár sisters": Zsuzsa, Zsófia, and Judit. She was the first woman to earn the grandmaster title through tournament play, and is credited with breaking a number of gender barriers in chess.
cutenose  6/26/2017
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Susan Scott "Scottie" Thompson is an American film, television and stage actress. Thompson grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where she attended Collegiate School. From an early age she began learning ballet, jazz and modern dance. She danced with the Richmond Ballet for many years, took a year off after graduating to dance with the company, and then went on to study for a degree in Performance Studies and Literature at Harvard University. Thompson started dancing with the Harvard Ballet Company and acted in many theater productions. She was the publicity manager for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 2003, worked for Let's Go Travel Guides, and was credited as associate editor for the travel book Let's Go: Vietnam. Thompson graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Performance Studies and Literature, focusing on French and Postcolonial works.
cutenose  6/11/2017
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The name Susan was given to 296 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Susan are female.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
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Susan Stafford is an American former model, actress and television host. She was the original hostess of the American game show Wheel of Fortune from January 6, 1975 until she left on October 22, 1982. She returned briefly to Wheel of Fortune in 1986 to substitute for Vanna White.
cutenose  5/30/2017
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Susan Oliver was an American actress, television director and aviator. Susan Oliver was born Charlotte Gercke, the daughter of George Gercke, journalist, and Ruth Hale Oliver, an astrology practitioner, in New York City in 1932. Her father was a political reporter and journalist for the New York World. Her parents divorced when she was still a child. In June 1949, Oliver joined her mother in Southern California, where Ruth was in the process of becoming a well known Hollywood astrologer. Oliver made a decision to embark upon a career as an actress and chose the stage name Susan Oliver.
cutenose  5/30/2017
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I was born in 1957, and my name is Susan. I was named after the song, "Wake up Little Susie, Wake Up." I went by the name Susie until I moved to a new high school in my Junior year, when I changed to Susan. Only my immediate family and my husband's family calls me Susie. My father used to call me Sue to irritate me, which I didn't like. Funny thing, my boss calls me "Q" sometimes. I like my name, and would like to see it come back in style.
SueSee  2/22/2017
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Susan Bernard is an American author, actress, model and businesswoman from Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of photographer Bruno Bernard. Susan Bernard is the author of six books, including Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, Bernard of Hollywood's Ultimate Pin-Up Book and Joyous Motherhood. She is the president of Bernard of Hollywood/Renaissance Road Incorporated.
cutenose  1/17/2017
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My middle name is Susan. I turn 30 next year and go by my middle name. As a child my family called me by my first (Jo) and middle name combined. My mother's mother nearly named my mother my two names but named her Jo Karen instead. I never much liked the combination for myself, but it was my name. I prefer Susan over Susanah or other derivatives such as Susie, but I don't mind Suz (Sūz).
In public, I'm serious and keep to myself. In private, I'm fun and easy going. I'm structured, yet creative. I always have a craft I'm working on and a plan of action for my goals. (Sculptures, painting, writing, crocheting, gardening, etc. I have many hobbies :)) I love to joke and laugh, but I cannot stand obnoxious people.
Some day when I have children, I plan to give them JS initials, as my husband and I have the same initials. :) Married 11 years this month.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2016
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Peaceful lily of union with Susa during the Persian Empire.
Urbanflower  12/5/2016
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Although many might considered this name to be dated and more fitting on an older woman, I actually think Susan is quite cute and could work on a younger person. Susan with the nickname Susie or even Ann\Anne or Annie.
Susan is much, much better than yucky "Sue" in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2016
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I don't like the spelling. I like Suzanne, Suzann, or even Susanne. Some nicknames are Sue, Suzy, Ann, Annie and Zani (The last three letters... kind of... maybe...?) anyway, with any variations I still don't particularly like it but have grown to because of the author of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
Sania01  7/28/2016
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My mom's name :) I love this name not only because of her, but because I think it's pretty and simple.
firestar11  7/24/2016
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Susan is a nice girl's name (I wouldn't call a boy Susan). I also like Sue and Suzie. I don't know many Susan's over the age of 40 so it might be going out of fashion, but I hope it returns to popularity.
Mr.Cheese  6/16/2016
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My name is Susan, born in 1960. I grew up in the Seattle area, and there were so many Susans in my school that we all had to agree to be given nicknames. Otherwise the faculty, other kids, and parents were likely to be confused. Names were doled out like Susie, Sue (which my family called me), Suze, and so forth. The name that fell to me was Sue J. (an abbreviation of my first name and initial of my surname). "Sue J." when combined with my three letter monogram (SEJ) quickly became "Sage" or "Sager". That's what I was called, only because there were SO many Susans it was impossible to deal with the situation without letting a wide range of nicknames/alternative names to be used. One of my classmates who was also named Susan got her name shortened to Sue R. Her nickname, sadly enough, became "Sewer". That was how bad it was to be named Susan in the western US in the early 60s. There were dozens and dozens of us at my grade school. It felt like a burden, a devaluation, and we all felt kind of demoted to "generic" status. It wasn't good. There were far more Susans than Marys, even! I had three Susans at my grade school bus stop! I always felt just awful about having this name.

The sound of it was also very unappealing. It's a "clunky" name, that has no music, no rhythm, no "spark". I never liked it. And I still don't.

As an adult in my early professional career, in the UK, I was called "Susan" as it was considered more dignified than "Sue" or "Susie". I just accepted it, although I didn't like it. When I eventually moved to Asia in 1995, the version of my name that people here gravitated toward was simply "Susi". It is a name that's well-known and rather common in parts of Asia. So I accepted that version of my name, and I've been very happy with it ever since.

However, to be perfectly honest, I wish I'd been given a more beautiful name from the beginning. One from my family, perhaps, or one that simply came as an inspiration to my parents. I'm still sad that a beautiful old family name wasn't chosen. Women's names in my family tree include: Storm, Evelyn, Elizabeth, Augusta, Helen, and many more. But nobody in my family was ever named "Susan" until I was. Bummer.

BTW, my father wanted me to be named Heather. That would have been immeasurably better than Susan. But my mother prevailed, and "Susan" was inscribed on my Birth Certificate. (*sigh*)

My favorite name for a girl is Charlotte. I'd have been a fine Charlotte. Oh well... you have to work with the material that you're given. I do my best.
macantidur  6/12/2016
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My name is Susan (born 1951) and I was named after my grandmother who was born in the early 1900's which would have been rare back then. I live in New Zealand and am surrounded by Susan's or Sue's. I was always called Susan growing up, but have been called Sue since my late teens. The name Susan was really popular back in the 1950's in NZ and I hope one day that the name Susan has a revival. I'm proud of my name... I love it!
― Anonymous User  6/3/2016
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Susan is one of the prettiest names. I'm pregnant with my second child and planning to name her Susan. I favour the name Susan.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2016
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My name is Susan and I am 14 years old and I am the only young person that I know of with that name. All the people I have meant named Susan are all really old. I think that it sounds nice though, and I like being original.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2016
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I really don't like how this name sounds. I have never met anybody under the age of 40 named Susan, and although they exist, I don't really think it suits any other age group.
actingfun  12/12/2015
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My parents named me after a nurse that helped my mother give birth. They liked how her name sounded.

Personally, I don't think the name "Susan" suits me. I find it kinda plain. I've met other Susan's and to be honest, they're quite plain and average looking. Most of them are old women who are in their 40s. But to be fair, I've met one really pretty young girl named Susan. Not to mention me; I'm very attractive! Hahaha! It's a great business name though.

I get called other variations of Susan. For example, Susie, Susanna, Sue, and some other stuff. I don't hate my name but it's pretty meh. If I could change my name, I would choose Natalie or Maria. Those names would suit me better.
qools  12/1/2015
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I am Susan and have always liked my name. When I was little I was given a children's book called "I'm Suzy" and was thrilled that the pretty little girl had my name too. My Mum sometimes calls me Susie, two special friends call me Susie and Susie Q. Here is some advice... never assume a Susan wants to be called Sue, especially when she has been introduced as Susan. I find that very irritating as it has never been my name but equally find it awkward correcting people. I don't know why. I am simply not a Sue and feel better for saying that here.
MrsP  9/3/2015
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My name is Susan and I love my name... I honestly do not like Suzanne, Susanna, etc.. I do not like being called Sue or Suzi... Susan is a professional name. Yes, I also have a middle name that goes great with my first name Susan Rene'e (accent over the e). I would love to see my name come back and I am in my early 40's and I was the only Susan in my class which was nice. I now work with at least 10 Susan's. I am also called Sues and I do like that.

Oh, don't forget a very famous person whose name was Susan --Susan B Anthony.
Suevans  8/21/2015
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My sweet daughter, who just turned 11, is named Susan. She is named in memory of my mother, Susan, who died 13 years ago. My mother, in turn, was also named after her father's mother, Susan. About 5 years ago, we met another child named Susan and just this summer there was a child in my daughter's cabin at sleepaway camp named Susan. The girls couldn't believe it when they met each other. My mother was never called by a nickname and 99% of our friends/acquaintances call my daughter Susan. A few of her closest friends call her Susie and she had a teacher who called her Susie Q, which she absolutely loved.
Reallyfive  8/20/2015
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My name is Susan. I love my name. I do not like Suzy or Suzanne. I would really like to see Susan gain in popularity again. It is a pretty name and works well in business or informally as well.
Sombrero_Sue  8/8/2015
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This is my actual first name. I was born in 1965 so when I was a child/teenager this was a very common name for my peer group. This was an inconvenience! I now have a better appreciation of the name since it is short, familiar and easy to spell!
Susyhome  7/30/2015
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I was born in 1981 and growing up there were quite a few other Susans. Definitely don't see it as much now. I really dislike the nicknames Susie or Susie-Q. A few family members call me Suz which I don't mind as much.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2015
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I was born in 1959 and my name was a very popular name back then. Our school was full of Susans and Debbies it seemed. As a result, I really didn't care for my name and shortened it to Sue when I got older. I received my share of Susie Q's and Lazy Susan's from my parents when I refused to clean my room. Lol I know many people today who think Susan is a pretty name, but I think of it as overly common and rather bland. It is not a name I would have chosen for myself.
Sueh  12/19/2014
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This name (Susan) is really dated. Surprised it's still in the top 1000's.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2014
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Susan Eloise "S.E." Hinton is an American writer. She is best known for her novel "The Outsiders."
hkols  11/2/2014
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Susan is a cute name for a young girl. It sounds quite sweet, natural and down-to-earth. The longer forms aren't near as pretty in my opinion: Susannah and so on are just hopelessly old-fashioned and not in a lovely, antique way. Just don't ruin this name by reducing it to Sooz. The best nickname I've ever heard for it is Sunny, on a child. :)
tassie  10/24/2014
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Susan "Mandark" Astronomonov, a character in Dexter's Laboratory.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
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I was born in '63 and only knew three other Susans growing up. One was a year younger, and the other two were a couple of years older. I love my name although I DID try to get creative with the spelling when I was a pre-teen. There have only been two people to call me Suzy on a regular basis, and one former co-worker tended to call me Sue. That's my mom's name though, so that's not usually an issue.

I now have a student on my dance line named Susan. She is a lot like me, only a much better artist! I can't speak for all Susans, but the two of us are compassionate, giving, and creative people and natural leaders.

Personally, I love my name!
― Anonymous User  7/8/2014
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I think Suzanne sounds prettier than Susan. For someone named Susan I'd think Susie sounds prettier than the full name.
nametoad  6/28/2014
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Also means "the person who does not speak" in Turkish.
EUPHOORIA  5/17/2014
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I'm actually the youngest person I know with "Susan" as a name (I'm 17). Although I like to make jokes with my friends about how old fashioned it is, I do rather like it. It's refreshing in some ways to have a name that isn't shared by five or so other girls that I know. I also find its variants pretty interesting; my mother jokingly calls me "Zusca" on occasion. So yeah, as a young-ish person with this name, it's very likeable.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2014
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Susan is one half of Galt Aureus (an indie rock band).
AnastasiaE  8/31/2013
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Very easy to say, yet still elegant and timeless. My aunt has this name.
EstherTester  1/19/2013
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Whenever I think of this name, I personally think of Susan Alexander, the second wife of Charles Foster Kane in Orson Welles' film, "Citizen Kane". It's one of my favorite films, so that might be why I think of her. Her character is initially quite interested in Mr. Kane, but with time, she grows to be very frustrated with him.
spaz123  6/15/2012
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Susan Delfino is one of the main characters on the series Desperate Housewives.
Ryry1996  2/17/2012
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This name has quite a warm and friendly feel to it, especially with the z sound in the middle.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2011
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Susan Olsen played Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch. She is an active animal welfare advocate and currently lives Los Angeles with her son Michael.
Christina Rose  5/6/2011
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Everyone I've ever known well, who had any form of the name Susan, was a very structured, left-brained person who really liked rules and control in some way. I see this also in how "realistic" and "unimaginative" the character Susan Pevensie is in the Narnia books. This is probably why I've never really liked this name - even though in isolation, Susan doesn't strike me as a name that would have to be like that.
kkgnoise  2/2/2011
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Madonna plays Susan in the movie 'Desperately Seeking Susan'.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2010
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I think the name Susan is ok. It's classic, but not really pretty.
Chrila96  10/26/2010
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I like the name Susan it sounds soft but striking at the same time, Susan is quite a common name for adults, the reason I think that is because I know a lot of Susans. But what I find is no young girls are called Susan... It would be nice to hear "my new baby, she is called Susan".
Amy98  10/9/2010
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Susan "Sadie" Atkins was a member of the Manson Family.
Sophannagh  9/21/2010
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My mother's name is Susan and so is my best friend's mother and also about a million other people I know. Most older. I'm not really fond of this name, it's too plain for me. And also too popular.
GothicScarlett  7/7/2010
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I absolutely hate Susannah/Suzanne etc. But Susan is one of my favourite names. If I were called Susan, I wouldn't want it to be shortened to something hideous like Susie or Suzie though.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2010
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Susan is just too boring and not pretty sounding, I don't know how it is more popular than the name Suzanne.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2010
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I think Susan works for any age. I normally don't like names that are common and simple but this is an exception.
Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
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Susan Sto Helit or Susan Death is a character in the Discworld Series. She is the adoptive granddaughter of Death (Anthropomorphic Personification with a capital "D")
Milena Scialfa  10/26/2009
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My mom's name is Susan. I don't think it sounds like a kid name though. I don't think I'd want to grow up with the name Susan.
aprilpointblank  7/19/2009
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Susan Boyle, a contestant on "Britain's Got Talent" who became a web sensation.
bpheit  5/30/2009
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Susan is my middle name. It's pretty, but very house-wife sounding to me.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  5/23/2009
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The name was quite overused in the 50s and 60s, my mother meets someone with her name wherever she goes, but I think it could be time for a comeback. It is simple yet pretty and the nicknames "Susie" and "Sue" allow for a lot of versatile use.
upon_her_eyes  1/27/2009
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This name seems quite old fashioned, but youthful at the same time. At least it's not a hideous elderly name, like Bertha or Gertrude.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2008
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A notable bearer is American singer/actress Susan Egan (born February 18, 1970). She's well-known for her work on the Broadway stage, including originating the role of Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" in 1994, receiving a Tony nomination, Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" in 1999-2000 and 2003-2004, and Millie Dillmount in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 2004, serving as the last person to portray the character.
AndrewJKD  8/6/2008
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Susan Baker is Gilbert and Anne Blythe's hired hand in the later 'Anne of Green Gables' books. She is rather opinionated, and she calls Anne "Mrs. Doctor Dear."
Eruanna_Meldiriel  5/26/2008
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People often mispronounce my name, Susanne, as "Susan." That's why I don't particularly care for it.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2008
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My name is Susan so that's probably why I LOVE this name ;)

I think it's a great name to grow up with. Much more versatile than popular names like the cutesy Kayley. Susan can be cute with the nickname Suzy, yet still be professional when needed.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2008
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An early epistolary novella of Jane Austen's, published posthumously, centres around Lady Susan Vernon - a beautiful and intelligent, but self-serving and manipulative widow, who schemes to arrange advantageous marriages for herself and her daughter.
Tytan  3/11/2008
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A famous bearer is American soap opera actress Susan Lucci (born December 23, 1946). She came to prominence for her role as Erica Kane on "All My Children", a role she originated from the series' premiere in 1970. She's been described as "Daytime's Leading Lady". She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1999 for portraying Erica Kane, her 19th nomination for the role. Her large number of nominations without winning has been the subject of much parody.
AndrewJKD  3/9/2008
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Susan Schulz is a magazine editor and was once the assistant editor of Good Houskeeping. She is was a deputy editor of CosmoGIRL! in 2000, but then became editor in chief in 2003. She is also included in the new book In Their Shoes by the author Deborah Reber.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
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Another famous bearer is Susan Feniger. She is a chef and is included in the new book: In Their Shoes, just as Susan Schulz is.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
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Not a person, but a kind of flower is called a Black-Eyed Susan. It's very pretty, kind of like a little sunflower/daisy.
Swallowtail  2/9/2008
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Susan "The Invisible Woman" Storm, a Marvel comics character and member of the Fantastic Four.
FMRadio  12/29/2007
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A famous fictional bearer is Susan Mayer, the character of "Desperate Housewives" played by Teri Hatcher.
lady murasaki  12/14/2007
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I love the name Susan because I immediately think of the adorable Natalie Wood as a child when she played the little girl named Susan in the classic 1947 movie "Miracle on 34th Street."
― Anonymous User  11/16/2007
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Susan is Hebrew for LILY. So, Lillian means (OH) SUSANNAH!
jaydubyo  10/5/2007
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I was named after Susan Hayward who was my mom's favorite actress. I didn't like my name when I was younger, but eventually grew into it. Now I love my name. Susie is okay, but Sue doesn't work at all: fingernails on a chalkboard.
susan11  8/13/2007
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Actress Sigourney Weaver's real name is Susan Weaver.
emc  8/2/2007
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I'm a Susan who was born late in '79. So I was the only Susan 99% of the time which was nice. I haven't always been the biggest fan of my name and I don't think I would have chosen it for myself, however it could be much worse! I've always been a "Suzi~Q", and I hate Susie and absolutely refuse to answer to Sue! I use the Q for all the cute initial things like keychains and such. Anyway, overall I like my name and I love the lily or lily of the valley meaning. :)
ZoryaLily  7/29/2007
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Susan G. Koman, the namesake of the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, which was founded by her sister after her death.
Hailey2006  7/12/2007
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Who can forget Terry Pratchett's character Susan Sto Helit?
glorfindel4ever  6/13/2007
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It's my name and I've never liked it. What makes it worse is that my last names starts with a Q. Therefore I was always teased and called Susie Q. Please if you are reading this don't name your daughter Susan.
that_chick  5/20/2007
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Most people I've met or heard of with this name are grownups. Susan is not popular anymore, and it is most often given as an independent name. It is more popular than the original form Susanna. Susan still is on the Top 1000 names for girls, but it is much less popular as it once was back then. Sue and Susie are common nicknames.
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
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I really just don't like this name. It might relate to the fact that I knew a Susan in elementary school I didn't like much, but I don't think that's all of it. I like Susannah, and additionally the originally Hebrew Shoshahnah are so much lovelier.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2007
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Second sister's name is Susan, and to me it's always made me think smart, and quiet, but it might be because that's the sister's personality.
poncho264  3/22/2007
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Susan is the name of the Doctor's granddaughter and first companion in the TV show "Doctor Who" (1963).
WCSAngel  2/6/2007
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The American actress and model Susan Ward.
iva_toneva  1/25/2007
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Well, my name is Susan and I have always liked it. I have been nicknamed Susie, SuzyQ, and at times people call me Sue. Which I don't care for. It seems like it is usually people in the business world who call me Sue. All I can say I like my name. : ) I did not know that many people hated it.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2007
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There are authors named Susan Andersen and Susan R Sloan.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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I love it! If I ever have a little girl, I will name her Susan and call her Susie when she is little.
tncampbell  11/8/2006
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Susan is nice, it sounds soft, subtle and demure.
lindamaree  10/26/2006
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Susan Lynch is an actress form Belfast, she was in MickeyBo and Me.
ClaireCFC  10/18/2006
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Susan is a great name of strong will and beauty. My wife, Susan, is such a woman. They are egoistic and great self-conscious people in regard to their societal position, always wanting to be on top, but they are loving and kind. It's a great name to name a cute little girl. She will grow to be a respectable record for all her life.
ekisa  10/7/2006
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Since the 1880's Susan has been on the top 1000 list. Its most popular year was the 1960's where it ranked 3.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
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It is the name of the lead character, Susan Fletcher, in Dan Brown's novel "Digital Fortress".
LouisLovePower  9/8/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Susan here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  9/3/2006
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An infamous Susan Atkins who participated in Tate-LaBianca murders (1969) is a famous bearer which is why I simply cannot stand the name!
audreyhubley  8/27/2006
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Susan Jacks formed the duo The Poppy Family with her husband Terry Jacks. They had a number of hits in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Probably their biggest hit "Which Way You Goin' Billy" sold 2.5 million copies worldwide hitting No.1 in Canada and No.2 in the U.S.
audreyhubley  8/5/2006
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A famous bearer is TV writer and producer Susan Harris (b. 1941). She is the creator of the acclaimed television series "Soap", "Benson", "The Golden Girls", and "Empty Nest". She either wrote or co-wrote all 93 episodes of "Soap".
AndrewJKD  7/29/2006
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This is Hilary Duff's mother's first name.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2006
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Cabinets which turn, and are usually built in the corners of kitchens, are called "Lazy Susans." Don't know how that started though.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2006
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The meaning also comes from the biblical Persian town of Susa (see the book of Esther in the Old Testament) where white lilies grew in the valley.
susi  7/18/2006
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I was born in '81 and have always enjoyed being nearly the only Susan in all my schools. My family called me Susie and I changed to the German spelling of Susi in high school. The lily-of-the-valley is a beautiful flower and I love the meaning of my name.
susi  7/18/2006
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I have to agree with some of the others, it would be nice to see this name used again. It is a very pretty name.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
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Actress Susan Hayward bears this name.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2006
1
It sounds ok to me, though I like Susanna way better. Susan does have a nice meaning (it means 'lily'). But it has always reminded me of Susan Pevensie from the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and I think it fitted her because it gives me an impression of an unsure, insecure yet somewhat cynical person. I used to know a girl named Susan who was shy and quiet but very studious and smart and they would call her 'Shy Susan' or 'Smarty-Susie' which I thought was ridiculous but 'Shy Susan' sounded more suitable and I never associated the name with her. In my opinion, I associate it with someone who is either pretty but unsure, doubting or cynical.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2006
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Susan is a cute name. You can easily grow up with this name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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I think it is a beautiful name. I don't like Susanna as much, Susan is just fine.
trackstar3016  1/17/2006
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My name is Susan. As a child Susie'Q, now Sue or Susan. Growing up I did not like my name. I guess it has grown on me, or I have mellowed. Remember New Orleans, my birthplace, my home! Have a really great day!
― Anonymous User  1/17/2006
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Susan Sarandon is a famous bearer.
marissa_2005  1/14/2006
1
It's the name of a minor character, Susan Bones, from the Harry Potter books.
lunalovegood  1/8/2006
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Susan is the second oldest child in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrode by C S Lewis.
Aqua  1/2/2006
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Susan Pevensie of 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' is also in 'Prince Caspian' and 'The Horse and His Boy.' She is mentioned, although she does not appear, in 'The Last Battle.'
Eruanna_Meldiriel  5/26/2008
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I think it is a very beautiful name. My favourite teacher at school's first name is Susan. She is the kindest, most caring, and beautiful, person I've ever met! I think more people should be called susan, and be just as kind, too!
Susannah, no I don't like the longer version, Susan is better!
― Anonymous User  11/28/2005
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There is another meaning for Susan. In Hebrew it can mean either 'graceful white lily', or, (along with Sally, Sadie and Sara) it can mean 'My Princess'.
jessica22  11/28/2005
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My name is Susan (no middle name), which is better than the alternative, Betty Jo (and it wasn't even in the 60's so I can't blame that on drugs!). If I were naming myself I would prefer Suzanne Michelle, sounds so much more elegant.
susanh  11/25/2005
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In Gone with the Wind, Susan is Scarlett's younger sister who everyone calls Suellen (for Susan Elinor).
― Anonymous User  11/3/2005
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Susan K. Downs and Susan May Warren are Christian authors. They wrote a series of books together called Heirs of Anton. The books go in this order:
1. Ekaterina
2. Nadia
3. Marina
4. Oksana
Both Susans have written books by themselves as well.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2005
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The meaning of Susan is "Lily of the Valley", some use just "Lily". Its origin is Hebrew.
shh120  7/25/2005
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Those close to me call me Susie, the informal version of Susan. However, in the business world, Susan works quite well. :)
shh120  7/25/2005
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It's really weird, my most favorite name is Susannah, but I do not like Susan at all. Suzanne and Susanne are fine, but not Susan.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2005
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This name makes me think of a small, mystical, striking child with baby-fine curls in her hair. I'm an artist, so I tend to insert more imaginative detail. :)
Tbird  7/14/2005
1
Susan is one of those names that was once popular, but is uncommon now. I think it would be great to see the name Susan on a young girl!
Kelly716  7/8/2005
1
I have nothing against this name, but I don't think that it sounds very pretty. Its longer version, Susanna, sounds much prettier to me.
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005

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