[ 3 syll. su-san-na, sus-a-nna ] The baby girl name Susanna is pronounced in English as Suw-ZAEN-ah †. Susanna is largely used in the English, German, and Italian languages. It is derived from Hebrew origins. A biblical name, it is derived from the words 'shoshan' meaning lily ; 'sheshen' water lily. Shoshannah (Hebrew) and Sousanna (Old Greek) are original forms of Susanna. The Hebrew element 'shoshan' is ultimately of Egyptian origin; as a modern word it means 'rose'. The name was borne in the Bible by Susannah, the wife of Joachim who was wrongly accused of adultery in the Apocrypha. The name was popular in medieval times; it was first adopted by English speakers in the 13th century.
Susanna is a variant transcription of the name Suzanne (English, French, and Dutch).
Susanna is a widely used name; it has 67 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions of Susanna used in English include San, Shanna, Sudie, Suesan, Suka, Sukee, Sukey, Suki, Sukie, Suky, Susana (used in Italian and Spanish as well), Susannah, Susanne (used in French and German as well), Suse (used in German and Hawaiian as well), Susen, Susette (used in French as well), Suzan (used in Czech as well), Suzannah, Suzanne (used in French as well), Suze, Suzelle, Suzetta, Suzette (used in French as well), and Zuzanna (used in Polish as well). Other English forms include the contractions Sanna (used in German, and Scandinavian as well), Su, Sue, Susan, and Susann, the familiar forms Susetta (used in French, and Italian as well), Susi (used in German as well), Susie, Susy (used in German as well), Suzi, Suzie, and Suzy, and the variant spellings Suezanna and Suzanna.
Foreign variant transcriptions include Chana (Spanish), Kukana (Hawaiian), Sanne (Dutch and German), Shoshannah (Hebrew), Shoushan (Armenian), Shushana (Hebrew), Shushanna (Hebrew), Siusan (Scottish), Siùsaidh (Scottish), Siùsan (Scottish), Sonel (Hebrew), Sosanna (Irish), Sudi (Spanish), Suke (Hawaiian), Susanka (Russian), Suzana (Portuguese, Romanian, and Slavic), Suzane (Portuguese), Xuxu (Portuguese), Zsa Zsa (Hungarian), ZsaZsa (Hungarian), Zsuzsa (Hungarian), Zsuzsanna (Hungarian), Zusa (Czech and Polish), Zuska (Polish), Zuza (Czech and Polish), Zuzana (Czech), Zuzanka (Czech), Zuzia (Polish), and Zuzka (Czech).
Susanna is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1972 with 0.017% of baby girls being given the name Susanna. It was #600 in rank then. The baby name has markedly declined in popularity since then, and is now of irregular use. Among the family of girl names directly linked to Susanna, Chana was the most commonly used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Susanna include Suzana, Suzannah, Saamia, Sajnea, Sakeana, Sakeina, Sakeyna, Sakiena, Sakinna, Sakoona, Sakoonah, Sakoujna, Sakoujnah, Sakouna, Sakounah, Sakujna, Sakujnah, Sakyna, Samaiya, and Samana.
† Pronunciation for Susanna: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"