Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form…

Lillian

Lillian is a female given name which may have originally come about as one of the numerous nicknames for Elizabeth which derives from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”, although it’s also likely that it could be related as another form of Lily.  Interestingly enough, Lilian is a French male name with Liliane its feminine…

Susa

Susa is the name of an ancient city in the Middle East (also known as Shush and Shushan), which was ruled by the Elamites, a pre-Iranian civilization that ruled across much of what is present day Iran. Susa derives its name from a local god, Inshushinak, the god of darkness and the afterlife; his name may mean…

Susan

Susan is the English form of Susannah which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Nicknames: Sue, Susie/Susy Origin: Egyptian Variants: Susannah (English) Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek) Sousanna (Greek) Shoshannah (Hebrew) Shoshana (Hebrew) Sawsan (Arabic) Suzanne (French, English, Dutch) Suzana (Croatian, Serbian,…

Sue Anna

Sue Anna is a combination of Sue, a short form of Susan or Susannah (which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”), and Anna (the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”). Origin: Egyptian, Hebrew Variants: Suanna (English) Sueanne (English) Sue Anne (English) Sue Ann (English) Suanne (English) Sue-Anna (English)…

Susannah

Susannah is a variant spelling of Susanna, the Greek form of Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. In the Book of Daniel, Susanna is a woman falsely accused of adultery by two old men who secretly watch her as she is bathing in her garden. They…

Lilwen

Lilwen is a Welsh female name meaning “lily white” or “white lily” or “fair/blessed lily”, made up of Welsh elements lili (lily) and gwen (white, fair, blessed). Origin: Egyptian, Proto-Celtic Variants: Lilwenn (Breton)  

Isannah

Isannah is a very unusual English name and the closest I could find regarding its etymology is that it is most likely a combination of the names Isabel/Isabella (meaning “my God is abundance” or “my God is an oath” from Hebrew) and Susannah (which comes from Hebrew name Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It…

Azucena

Azucena is a Spanish female given name meaning “lily” or “Madonna lily”. The origin of the word seems to derive from Arabic sawsan سُوسَن meaning “lily” (making it a cognate of Hebrew shoshan from which the name Susannah/Susan derives from) which is ultimately derived from Egyptian sšn (lotus). Azucena is also a surname originating from the given name. Lirio is also another word for…

Lily

Lily is the name of a flower which comes from Latin lilia, the plural of lilium derived from Ancient Greek leirion meaning “lily” which seems to be borrowed from Coptic hlēri, hrere (flower) via Demotic hrrj (flower) from Egyptian hrrt (flower) which could possibly be derived from an eastern Mediterranean word. White lilies symbolize purity and love; it was associated with the goddesses Ishtar and Hera, which in…