3 Ways To Get Susie Without Using Susan et al.

The delightfully witty Sue Perkins was born Susan Elizabeth, from thesun.co.uk

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these posts, and I’m itching to do another one. This time ’round, we’re focusing on a personal favourite of mine: Susie. I’m not sure when I first began to really like the name, but I do know that the first association I have with the name is Susie Carmichael, who was Angelica’s friend on Rugrats.

But let’s start with Susan. What do I mean when I say Susan et al. ? This:

  • Susanna(h)/Susana(h)
  • Zuzanna/Zuzana
  • Suzanna/Suzana
  • Suzanne/Suzane
  • Zuzanne/Zuzane
  • Zusanna/Zusana
  • Zusanne/Zuzane
  • Shoshannah
  • Sanne
  • Sue

I’m sure there are countless other variations of the name I failed to mention on the above list, so let’s just say Susan’s got friends. Many of which one could opt to use if they want the nickname Susie, but don’t want to use Susan. I could’ve easily picked three of Susan’s posse for this group, but that would be easy and I never do anything the easy way. Either way, Susan comes from the Hebrew and means lily.

Let’s consider some stats: Susan was the #1 name in England&Wales in 1954 and 1964, by 1974 she’d fallen to #20, and even lower to #82 by 1984. In 2010? #1257 with only 25 born. It’s a rather sad fall from grace. The same can’t be said for Susie, who has been relatively stable in the past few years, with a notable, yet slight increase of late:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 1722 1715 1406 1983
Births 11 12 14 11
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 1741 2487 1909 1653
Births 14 9 13 17

1. Sophia (#27, with 2031 births)

A relatively popular name to kick off the list, but she has her potential. Sophie and Susie are startlingly similar in sound, so if you don’t want your little Sophia to become a Sophie, Susie makes for an interesting alternative.

Sophia comes from the Greek word sophos, which means wisdom. You may or may not have caught my recent tweet about the name, which mentioned that although my sister is called Sophie, she’s mostly known as Dopey (although there’s been a shift towards using Dippy/Dips of late), after one of the seven dwarfs.

And this is how Sophia has been doin’ in the past few years, which she’s spent clawing her way to the top of the pile:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 74 63 60 49
Births 709 879 940 1137
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 37 39 35 27
Births 1398 1510 1693 2031

2. Lotus (#5707, with 3 births)

Dipping our toes into less-popular waters with this name, which has bags of potential. One of the current teams in F1 (2011 season) is called Team Lotus, and entered F1 in 2010 as Lotus Racing. The Malaysian media refer to the team as 1Malaysia, as they’re owned by a Malaysian company, but have their base in good ol’ Norfolk. Much like how 2010/2011 Constructors Champions Red Bull Racing is an Austrian team, own by an Austrian company, but are based in the wonderful city of Milton Keynes.

In terms of her popularity, well, she only entered the charts in 2008, and looks poised to fall off in 2011 given that she’s fallen each consecutive year to the bare minimum of 3 births needed to rank:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank n/a n/a n/a n/a
Births n/a n/a n/a n/a
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank n/a 2721 3422 5707
Births n/a 8 6 3

3. Saskia (#372, with 122 births)

Universally loved by many a baby-name-enthusiast, but seldom seen in the real world – although she is higher up the popularity chart than one may initially believe, as she actually entered the Top 200 fleetingly in 2004. I first came across the name when organising Dips’ bookshelf, and came across Saskia the Salsa Fairy.

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 238 199 261 316
Births 188 232 172 139
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 311 309 444 372
Births 148 152 94 122

The name is generally given to mean dagger/knife/short-pointy thing used to maim, coming from the Germanic element sachs, which means she shares origins with the name Saxon.

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4 thoughts on “3 Ways To Get Susie Without Using Susan et al.

  1. I have to say, I simply adore Susan. I have done so ever since I saw the animated adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a child.

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  2. I also really like Sosi. And I’m totally expecting to see Sue more in the middle, again, right along next to Joy!

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  3. namemuststay

    Of all these names, Susannah is mostly my style, I think, but Saskia is lovely.

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  4. Sue Perkins is an absolute delight – I love her in “SuperSizers Go …”

    I’ve been seeing quite a few people just using Sue or Susie as full names – there seems to be a lot of people who like the short rather than the long forms.

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