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ScriptsСусанна Russian שׁוֹשַׁנָּה Ancient Hebrew Сѹсанна Church Slavic
PronouncedPron.soo-ZAN-na Italian
SOO-sahn-nah Finnish
suw-SAN-nə Russian
soo-ZAN-ə English

Meaning & History

From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus.

As an English name, it was occasionally used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Old Testament heroine. It did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation, at which time it was often spelled Susan.
VariantsSusanne Swedish Syuzanna Russian Suzanne Dutch Susan, Suzan, Suzanna, Suzanne English Susannah Biblical
DiminutivesSanna, Susann Swedish Sanna, Sanni Finnish Sanne Dutch Sue, Sukie, Susie, Suz, Suzi, Suzie, Suzy, Zanna English
Other Languages & CulturesSawsan Arabic Sousanna Biblical Greek Shoshannah Biblical Hebrew Suzana Croatian Zuzana, Zuzanka, Zuzka Czech Susanne, Sanne, Susann Danish Suzanne, Suzette French Susanne, Susann, Suse, Susi German Shoshana, Shoshannah Hebrew Zsuzsanna, Zsazsa, Zsuzsa, Zsuzsi Hungarian Zane, Zuzanna Latvian Suzana Macedonian Huhana Maori Susanne, Susann Norwegian Zuzanna, Zula, Zuza, Zuzia Polish Susana Portuguese Suzana Portuguese (Brazilian) Suzana Serbian Zuzana, Zuza, Zuzanka, Zuzka Slovak Suzana Slovene Susana, Susanita Spanish
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Susanna and the Elders by Veronese (1570)Susanna and the Elders by Veronese (1570)


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