[ 3 syll. sul-li-van, su-lliv-an ] The baby boy name Sullivan is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. Its pronunciation is SAH-Lih-VahN †. Sullivan is an English and Irish name of Celtic origin. The name is of the meaning black-eyed. Its meaning is from the element 'súil'. Suileabháin (Old Irish) is an old form of Sullivan. The first name is derived from the Irish surname.
Sully (English pet form) is another variant of Sullivan.
Sullivan is fairly popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 2000s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2016, 0.039% of baby boys were given the name Sullivan. Its ranking then was #409. Out of all boy names in its group, Sullivan was the most widely used in 2016. Sullivan has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
Baby names that sound like Sullivan include Salvino, Silvano, Silvino, Salviano, Silviano, Selvaughn, Selvaun, Selvawn, Selvin, Selvonn, Selvonne, Selvyn, Silvain, Silvan, Slavin, Slavyn, Sleibhin, Slevin, Slevyn, and Sylvain.
† Pronunciation for Sullivan: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"