How popular is the baby name Susie in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Susie and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Susie.
So far this year, Iceland’s Personal Names Committee (Mannanafnanefnd) has reached a verdict on nearly three dozen first names:
- Rejected: Adriana, Daniela, Dyljá (“disguise”), Gígí, Swanhildur, Zoe
- Approved: Ára, Beata, Dalrún, Ísbjört, Jóhanndína, List, Mæja, Rósý, Silfra (“silver”), Susie, Yngveldur, Þorbrá
- Rejected: Einarr
- Approved: Baui, Freymann, Gestar, Jötunn (“hulk”), Kinan, Líó, Lói, Manuel, Mummi, Olli, Raknar, Sæmar, Tobbi, Toddi, Ugluspegill*
*Ugluspegill ultimately comes from Till Eulenspiegel, the name of a character in German folklore and literature. Till Eulenspiegel was a peasant trickster whose jests and jokes were “broadly farcical, often brutal, sometimes obscene; but they [had] a serious theme.” The name Eulenspiegel is made up of Germanic elements meaning “owl” and “mirror.”
Sources: Yngveldur samþykkt en Swanhildi hafnað, Till Eulenspiegel – Britannica.com, Ugluspegill – Nordic Names
A while ago I found a book called “A Collection of Original Acrostics on Ladies’ Christian Names” that was published in Toronto in 1888.
I won’t post any of the poems, which are all pretty cheesy, but author George J. Howson does include an intriguing selection of names. He notes that he wrote acrostics for “all the most popular feminine christian names of the day, and many more that, while not in common use, are known to exist in actual life.”
Here’s the list:
Have any favorites?
Hulda/Huldah is one I like. It’s one of those names that I always see on old New England gravestones but never come across in real life. Wonder when that one will become stylish again.
BTW, has anyone ever seen a good name acrostic? Like, one that’s actually well-written and/or thought-provoking? Because I don’t think I ever have.
Source: A Collection of Original Acrostics on Ladies’ Christian Names by George J. Howson
Earlier today, my husband sent me an article about Dan and Susie Kellogg and their 12 children. The entire family, from Colorado, has lived in an RV full-time since last fall.
I was intrigued when I read that all 12 Kellogg kids have names ending in y. But the family blog, Kellogg Show, makes it clear that the Kellogg kids simply have nicknames ending in y:
- Kerrigan, “Kerry” (b. 1993)
- Graden, “Grady” (b. 1996)
- Broden Michael, “Brody” (b. 1997)
- Kadrian, “Kady” (b. 1998)
- Kendon Thomas, “Kenny” (b. 2000)
- Dallan Patrick, “Dally” (b. 2001)
- Carden David, “Cardy” (b. 2003)
- Madigan Grace, “Maddy” (b. 2005)
- Rowden Vincent, “Rowdy” (b. 2007)
- Emmelyn Trinity, “Emmy” (b. 2008)
- Ellevyn Noelle, “Elly” (b. 2010)
- Cody (b. 2012) – not sure if it’s a nickname
Did you catch Ellevyn for the eleventh child? That would’ve been a good one for an 11-11-11 baby.
Which of the given names above do you like the best? And, which nickname is your favorite?
Source: Family of 14 gives up everything to live in RV
Susie Albin-Najera and Rick Najera of California have three kids, each of whom is named for a location in California:
- Son Julian was named after Julian, California.
- Daughter Sonora was named for Sonora, California.
- Daughter Kennedy was named after the Kennedy Meadows resort.
“All our kids are named after places we love,” Albin-Najera said.
Other babies named after special locations include Aquinnah, Brighton, Elora and Georgian.
Source: Morris, Mike. “Couple names baby after Kennedy Meadows.” Union Democrat 29 Oct. 2007: A1+.
I know of dozens of babies that were named after cars. (And jeeps!) But this is the only one I know of that was named for a highway exit:
Susie and Dan McLaughlin of Meadville, Pennsylvania, were expecting a baby boy in the summer of 1998. When Susie went into labor, they got into Susie’s sister’s car and began heading toward the hospital via I-79. The baby wasn’t willing to wait that long, though, so they pulled over next to Erie County’s McKean exit and Susie gave birth in the back seat. The baby was named Keane after the exit.
Source: “Baby Named After Highway Exit.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 17 July 1998: B-4.
Here are a few music-inspired baby names I’ve come across recently.
First is Raina, a baby girl born in Canada in June of 2008. Her name was inspired by the Peter Himmelman song “Raina,” which you can listen to at Himmelman’s website.
Second is Susie, one of the first babies born in the Denver metro area in 2008. “Susie got her name because her [4-year-old] brother liked to sing Wake Up Little Susie to his sister when she was in the womb.”
Last but not least is Liza–yep, that Liza. Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland, was born in 1946. I didn’t realize until a few days ago, though, that she was named for the Gershwin song “Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)” from the musical Show Girl (1929). Here’s a live version of “Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)” [vid] sung by Judy herself.
Sources: A stream of love, honour ancestry for baby Raina, New Year’s Baby Named After Song
A reader named Kristina writes:
My husband insists on naming our daughter after his mother. He doesn’t necessarily want to name her Susan, her full name, but insists on calling her Susie. I have been trying to come up with names containing the word Sue in them not necessarily at the beginning, but more so in the middle or end of the name.
Hm. This is a tricky one.
Here are some names that include a “su” element:
- Atsuko, Etsuko, Kasumi, Mitsuko, Sumiko, Suzu, Suzume, Yasu, and other Japanese names. Though these probably won’t make sense unless the baby has some sort of connection to Japan.
- Sumana, Sumati, Sunita, Suniti, Sushila, Sunila, Suparna, Supriti, and other Indian names. But the connection thing applies for these as well (and to the group below).
- Consuelo, Asunción, Jesusa, and perhaps a few other Spanish and/or religious names.
- Ursula seems to be the only traditional “English” name that fits the bill, but the nickname Sula is more natural-sounding for Ursula than Susie. Also, there’s that unshakable (and unfortunate) sea-witch association.
- Sunny, Sunshine, Sunday, and Summer are word-names that could work, though they seem like a stretch because the vowel-sounds don’t match up.
So, as you can see, I had a pretty tough time coming up with suitable “su” names.
Of course, I’m avoiding the obvious — the many Susan-related names (e.g. Susanna, Suzette, Suellen) out there. It seems Kristina wants to avoid “Susan” specifically, but maybe some other name from this family would work?
Another idea would be get a bit abstract about the nicknaming. For instance, Alexandra, Alessandra and Anastasia include S- and Z-sounds…instead of the typical nicknames like Alex and Ana, what about Susie for these?
What other ideas would you offer to Kristina?