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Susan Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from the female personal name Susanna, Susanne (Middle English), Susanna (Dutch), from Hebrew Shushannah ‘lily’, ‘lily of the valley’. Southern French: from Occitan susan ‘above’, ‘higher’, hence a topographic name for someone living at the top end of a village or on the side of a valley. Jewish (Sephardic): from the male personal name Susan, a derivative of Arabic susan ‘lily’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Susa, Human, Musa, Hasan, Susman, Shan, Duman, Rusak, Sosin, Supan

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Where is the Susan family from?

You can see how Susan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Susan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Susan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Susan families living in Massachusetts. This was about 40% of all the recorded Susan's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Susan families in 1840.
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What did your Susan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Susan. 26% of Susan men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Susan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Susan were Proprietor and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    26%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Susan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Susan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Susan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Susan. For the veterans among your Susan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Susan lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Susan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Susan in 1963 was 70, and 68 in 2004.

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