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,…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

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…

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…

Arvin

Arvin has three possible etymologies and meanings: the first is that is a variant transcription of Arvind, an Indian male name meaning “lotus” from Sanskrit aravinda; Arvin could be a variant of Irvin, an English surname which would either be a variant of Irwin meaning “boar friend” from a Proto–Indo-European source; or it could be a variant of Irving, a Scottish surname…

Padma

Padma is an Indian unisex name (though more common for girls) which means “lotus” in Sanskrit. It was one of the names of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu and symbolizes purity and divine beauty while its expanding petals signal spiritual growth. It’s also the name of a river in Bangladesh. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Padmini…