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Susanna (given name)

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Gender  Female
Meaning  lily, anemone, true beauty
Alternative spelling  Susannah, Suzanna, Suzannah, Susana, Suzana
Related names  Susan, Suzanne, Zsuzsanna

Susanna is a feminine first name. It is not very common in the US, and is found there predominantly among the American Jewish community. It is the name of women in the Biblical books of Daniel and Luke. It is often spelled Susannah, although Susanna is the original spelling. It is derived from Σουσάννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew שושנה Shoshannah, meaning lily (from Lilium family). سوسن (Susan) is the Persian spelling of this name. The spelling Susanna is used in Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands and Finland, as well as in the English-speaking world. The spelling Zuzana is used in Czech Republic and Slovakia and spelling Zsuzsanna in Hungary. In Poland it is Zuzanna. Even though very uncommon, it is also spelled Susana in Spain and Portugal, where it is more common.


The original Hebrew form Shoshana, from which all the above are derived, is still commonly used in contemporary Israel, often shortened to "Shosh" or "Shoshi".

List of people with the given name Susanna

  • Susanna (disciple), one of the women associated with the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Susanna, a woman mentioned in Additions to Daniel
  • Saint Susanna, see Saints Tiburtius and Susanna
  • Susanna Clarke, British author
  • Susanna Hall, William Shakespeare's first daughter
  • Susanna Hoffs, American musician
  • Susanna Maiolo (born 1984), Italo-Swiss attacker of Pope Benedict XVI
  • Susanna Mälkki, Finnish cellist and conductor
  • Susanna Nerantzi, Greek pianist and composer
  • Suzanna Sablairolles, Dutch actor
  • Susanna Tamaro, Italian author
  • Susanna Wesley, mother of John Wesley and Charles Wesley
  • Susanna Rose Sykes, Australian Artist
  • Fictional characters with the given name Susanna

  • Focal character of Oh! Susanna, a popular Gold Rush era song by Stephen Foster
  • Susanna, a principal character in Mozart's 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro
  • References

    Susanna (given name) Wikipedia

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