This name derives from the Middle Egyptian “SŠN” and then after from the Persian root “Sousan, Susan”. However, the Hebrew root for the name of the lily (from Lilium family) is derived from "Šōšannā > Shôshan > Shôshannâh", which means “lotus, lily, to be joyful, bright, or cheerful”. It was first reported on an 11th Dynasty sarcophagus dating from approximately 2000 B.C. The Persian name for lily is “Soussan”. The name of Susa, an ancient city of Persia, may be derived from the lilies which abounded in the plain in which it was situated. It is the name of at least two women in the Bible.
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