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Gender: female
Pronunciation: SUE-zan-uh
Meaning: lily, rose
Related Names: Anna, Anne, Hannah, Susan, Susanna, Susie, Suzanna, Suzanne, Suzy, Zuzana, -ah

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female



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Name: susannah Origin: Hebrew,, Meaning (no case): lily, rose



The name Susannah is thought to have originated from the Biblical name 'Shoshannah' which meant a lily or a rose. In the Bible, the woman who had this name was accused of adultery although she had not committed it. [1]

Susannah is an alternative spelling of the original, which was Susanna, deriving as above from the Hebrew 'Shoshan', which means lily and is where the name takes its etymology.[1]

Other origins of the name Susannah come from putting a prefix onto the name Hannah or Anna.


The name Susannah is not as popular in the U.S. as it once was. The last time that the name made the top 1000 baby names given to girls in America was in 1978, when it was ranked as number 943.[1]

An alternative spelling of Susannah, Susanna has made it onto the top 1000 baby names for girls as recently as 1997, when it clocked in as number 986.[1] Many alternative spellings, see below, are used around the world.


The song 'Oh Susanna' is an old American folk tune which was written by Stephen Foster in 1847. The name of the song is sometimes incorrectly cited as 'Banjo on my knee' (because the chorus states 'I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee'). The song is commonly associate with the California Gold Rush and is still sung by scouts and other youth groups, as well as families.

The song was one of the first to make it into American popular stream of culture despite its folky roots. More than 100 years after it was written, it was recorded in 1955 by 'The Singing Dogs' and became a Top 40 hit. James Taylor also recorded the song on the album 'Sweet Baby James'.

The melody of 'Oh, Susanna' is so simple that it can be played on a touch-tone phone. Perhaps this simplicity is what has carried it across generations.[1]


  • The Kinks had a song called 'Susannah's Still Alive'
  • An old American folk tune starts 'Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me...'




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Author: Rachel Hanson, +Sabertooth

Facts about SusannahRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning lily, rose  +
Meaningnc lily, rose  +
Name susannah  +
Origin Hebrew  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation SUE-zan-uh  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Anna  +, Anne  +, Hannah  +, Susan  +, Susanna  +, Susie  +, Suzanna  +, Suzanne  +, Suzy  +, Zuzana  +, and -ah  +
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