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Sue

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145k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sue mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Sue

"Sue" is a name of English origin, and it means "Lily". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Sue
Senses
  1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo."For yet there was no man that haddle him sued." [Chaucer.]"I was beloved of many a gentle knight, And sued and sought with all the service due." [Spenser.]" Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me." [Tennyson.]
  2. [Law]
    1. To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially.
    2. To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process.
  3. [Falconry] To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk.
  4. [Naut] To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.

Etymology: OE. suen sewen siwen, OF. sivrepres.ind. 3d sing. il siut suit, he follows, nous sevons we follow), LL. sequere, for L. sequi secutus; akin to Gr. �, Skr. sac to accompany, and probably to E. see, v.t. See See (v. t.), and cf. Consequence Ensue Execute Obsequious Pursue Second Sect in religion, Sequence Suit

verb Sue
Senses
  1. To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead."By adverse destiny constrained to sue For counsel and redress, he sues to you." [Pope.]"Cæsar came to Rome to sue for the double honor of a triumph and the consulship." [C. Middleton.]"The Indians were defeated and sued for peace." [Jefferson.]
  2. [Law] To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek (for something) in law; as, to sue for damages.
  3. To woo; to pay addresses as a lover.
  4. [Naut] To be left high and dry on the shore, as a ship.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857)
  2. Institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
Wiktionary

Shortening.

  1. A diminutive of Susan and of related female given names; popular as a middle name.
  2. (informal) A Mary Sue (type of character in fiction).

Sue was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Sue

Sue Perkins is a comedian. Sue was given the name Susan Elizabeth Perkins on September 22nd, 1969 in East Dulwich, London, England.

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Sue Lyon is an actress. She was most prominent from 1959 to 1986. Sue was given the name Suellyn Lyon on July 10th, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa, U.S.

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Sue Bird is a basketball player for the Seattle Storm, Dynamo Moscow (women's basketball), WBC Spartak Moscow Region, and UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Women's National Basketball Association. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Sue was born on October 16th, 1980 in Syosset, New York.

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Sue Barker is a tennis player. Sue was born on April 19th, 1956 in Paignton, Devon, England.

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Sue Grafton is a mystery fiction writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to 1967. Sue was given the name Sue Taylor Grafton on April 24th, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Sue Ramirez is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2011. Sue was given the name Sue Anna Ramirez Dodd on July 20th, 1996 in Parañaque.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sue

Mel & Sue is a television presenters and comedians. He has had major accomplishments since 1988. Mel was born in 1968.

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Selah Sue is a soul, reggae, r&b, and contemporary r&b musician. Selah was given the name Sanne Putseys on May 3rd, 1989 in Leuven.

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Peggy Sue is a country music singer-songwriter. She plays Vocals. She has been prominent since 1966. Peggy was given the name Peggy Sue Webb on March 24th, 1943.

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Eugène Sue was a writer. He was most prominent from 1830 to 1857. Eugène was given the name Joseph Marie Eugène Sue on January 20th, 1804. He died on August 3rd, 1857.

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Jack Wong Sue is a military person. His military service ended in 1946.

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How popular is the baby name Sue in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 65 65 0
1881 67 67 0
1882 84 84 0
1883 68 68 0
1884 92 92 0
1885 94 94 0
1886 96 96 0
1887 123 123 0
1888 117 117 0
1889 112 112 0
1890 120 120 0
1891 127 127 0
1892 163 163 0
1893 123 123 0
1894 105 105 0
1895 157 157 0
1896 121 121 0
1897 145 145 0
1898 143 143 0
1899 122 122 0
1900 157 157 0
1901 135 135 0
1902 154 154 0
1903 146 146 0
1904 163 163 0
1905 191 191 0
1906 178 178 0
1907 201 201 0
1908 206 206 0
1909 243 243 0
1910 277 277 0
1911 330 330 0
1912 431 431 0
1913 483 483 0
1914 634 634 0
1915 812 812 0
1916 868 868 0
1917 785 778 7
1918 785 785 0
1919 693 693 0
1920 707 707 0
1921 668 668 0
1922 684 684 0
1923 600 600 0
1924 644 644 0
1925 672 672 0
1926 697 697 0
1927 684 679 5
1928 783 778 5
1929 944 944 0
1930 1,218 1,213 5
1931 1,227 1,221 6
1932 1,513 1,506 7
1933 1,678 1,671 7
1934 1,946 1,932 14
1935 2,036 2,023 13
1936 2,232 2,223 9
1937 2,514 2,502 12
1938 2,600 2,590 10
1939 2,621 2,621 0 #92 girl name
1940 3,113 3,105 8 #81 girl name
1941 3,376 3,360 16 #75 girl name
1942 3,645 3,630 15 #73 girl name
1943 3,868 3,849 19 #72 girl name
1944 4,050 4,035 15 #62 girl name
1945 3,930 3,914 16 #66 girl name
1946 5,160 5,143 17 #61 girl name
1947 5,319 5,307 12 #69 girl name
1948 4,684 4,674 10 #78 girl name
1949 3,936 3,925 11 #88 girl name
1950 3,511 3,502 9 #100 girl name
1951 3,371 3,357 14
1952 3,334 3,334 0
1953 3,657 3,649 8
1954 3,978 3,978 0
1955 3,733 3,725 8
1956 3,754 3,754 0
1957 4,504 4,494 10
1958 4,686 4,671 15
1959 4,398 4,387 11
1960 4,016 4,010 6
1961 3,512 3,503 9
1962 3,183 3,183 0
1963 2,600 2,594 6
1964 2,184 2,174 10
1965 1,776 1,776 0
1966 1,324 1,316 8
1967 1,259 1,259 0
1968 980 980 0
1969 811 811 0
1970 665 665 0
1971 637 632 5
1972 453 453 0
1973 397 397 0
1974 358 353 5
1975 293 293 0
1976 241 241 0
1977 280 280 0
1978 235 235 0
1979 277 272 5
1980 344 344 0
1981 278 271 7
1982 222 211 11
1983 179 171 8
1984 155 147 8
1985 151 140 11
1986 116 108 8
1987 109 101 8
1988 115 97 18
1989 99 85 14
1990 86 75 11
1991 89 79 10
1992 75 68 7
1993 74 64 10
1994 57 48 9
1995 47 47 0
1996 49 38 11
1997 43 43 0
1998 32 32 0
1999 29 29 0
2000 36 36 0
2001 32 32 0
2002 25 25 0
2003 23 23 0
2004 14 14 0
2005 21 21 0
2006 22 22 0
2007 23 23 0
2008 17 17 0
2009 24 24 0
2010 17 17 0
2011 19 19 0
2012 13 13 0
2013 26 26 0
2014 15 15 0
2015 13 13 0
2016 12 12 0

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Popularity of Sue as a first name

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Popularity of Sue as a last name

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Common last names for Sue

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • White
  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Hall
  • Harris

Common first names for Sue

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sue U.S.
  White 26.28% 64.26%
  African American 8.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 54.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sue

People with the last name Sue are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Sue

  • How Popular is the name Sue? Sue is the 487th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sue was the 18,609th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sue have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 144,973 babies born with the first name Sue in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sue to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sue? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 65 new born babies.
  • When was Sue first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sue is Tuesday, June 8th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Sue born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sue was in 1947 with a total of 5,307 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sue!
  • Random Sue Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sue ranks 37th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 121 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Sue: Your name in reverse order is Eus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sue? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,480 people with the last name Sue.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sue? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sue as their last name since less than 1 person in 200k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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