Sullivan

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9k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
221k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sullivan

"Sullivan" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Dark-eyed". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English composer of operettas who collaborated with the librettist William Gilbert (1842-1900)
  2. United States educator who was the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller (1866-1936)
  3. United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974)
  4. United States psychiatrist (1892-1949)
  5. United States architect known for his steel framed skyscrapers and for coining the phrase `form follows function' (1856-1924)
Wiktionary

From Irish Ó Súilleabháin.

  1. A surname​ of Irish origin.

Notable Persons Named Sullivan

Sullivan Stapleton is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1994. Sullivan was born on June 14th, 1977 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Sullivan A. Ballou is a military person. His military service ended in 1861.

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Sullivan was born on February 25th, 1982 in Cuba.

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Sullivan Walker was an actor. His career lasted from 1980 to 2012. Sullivan was born on November 20th, 1946 in Laventille. He left this life on February 20th, 2012.

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Sullivan Fortner is a jazz musician. He has been prominent since 2000.

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Sullivan Iheanacho Chime is a Governor of Enugu State and List of Governors of Enugu State. Sullivan was born on April 10th, 1959 in Udi, Udi LGA, Enugu State, Nigeria.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is an actor and musician. He has been prominent since 2006. Chris is also known as Sully.

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Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was a heavy metal music, hard rock, metalcore, progressive metal, avant-garde metal, and ska punk musician, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays Drum kit, Guitar, Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1998 to 2009. Jimmy was given the name James Owen Sullivan on February 9th, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. Jimmy is also known as The Rev, Rathead, The Reverend Tholomew Plague, and Fiction. He left this life on December 28th, 2009.

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Erik Per Sullivan is an actor. His career lasted from 1998 to 2010. Erik was born Erik Per Sullivan on July 12th, 1991 in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Johanna was given the name Johanna Mansfield Sullivan on April 14th, 1866 in Feeding Hills, Agawam, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on October 20th, 1936.

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Nicole Sullivan is an actress, comedian, voice artist, and voice acting. She has had major accomplishments since 1990. Nicole was given the name Nicole Julianne Sullivan on April 21st, 1970 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Ed Sullivan was a television host and writer. He was most active from 1932 to 1973. Ed was given the name Edward Vincent Sullivan on September 28th, 1901 in Harlem. He died on October 13th, 1974.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1884 7 0 7
1886 5 0 5
1888 8 0 8
1889 10 0 10
1890 10 0 10
1891 8 0 8
1892 11 0 11
1893 5 0 5
1894 7 0 7
1896 6 0 6
1898 7 0 7
1899 9 0 9
1900 10 0 10
1910 6 0 6
1911 9 0 9
1912 11 0 11
1913 9 0 9
1914 12 0 12
1915 10 0 10
1916 13 0 13
1917 18 0 18
1918 18 0 18
1919 16 0 16
1920 15 0 15
1921 14 0 14
1922 17 0 17
1923 15 0 15
1924 15 0 15
1925 19 0 19
1926 12 0 12
1927 17 0 17
1928 7 0 7
1929 10 0 10
1930 9 0 9
1931 13 0 13
1932 15 0 15
1933 10 0 10
1934 13 0 13
1935 8 0 8
1936 16 0 16
1937 8 0 8
1938 7 0 7
1939 11 0 11
1940 8 0 8
1941 9 0 9
1943 8 0 8
1944 11 0 11
1945 16 0 16
1946 20 0 20
1947 11 0 11
1948 15 0 15
1949 16 0 16
1950 11 0 11
1951 15 0 15
1952 18 0 18
1953 12 0 12
1954 14 0 14
1955 15 0 15
1956 8 0 8
1957 16 0 16
1958 10 0 10
1959 10 0 10
1960 10 0 10
1961 6 0 6
1962 6 0 6
1963 9 0 9
1964 8 0 8
1965 15 0 15
1966 7 0 7
1967 7 0 7
1968 9 0 9
1969 8 0 8
1970 11 0 11
1971 10 0 10
1972 11 0 11
1973 6 0 6
1974 8 0 8
1975 10 0 10
1976 8 0 8
1977 8 0 8
1978 7 0 7
1979 7 0 7
1980 9 0 9
1981 10 0 10
1982 8 0 8
1983 11 0 11
1984 7 0 7
1985 5 0 5
1986 8 0 8
1988 10 0 10
1989 14 0 14
1990 26 0 26
1991 30 0 30
1992 34 0 34
1993 62 10 52
1994 41 9 32
1995 72 14 58
1996 77 10 67
1997 80 11 69
1998 97 11 86
1999 100 19 81
2000 104 19 85
2001 137 13 124
2002 188 29 159
2003 191 20 171
2004 195 18 177
2005 212 22 190
2006 232 29 203
2007 351 37 314
2008 354 22 332
2009 418 38 380
2010 398 28 370
2011 516 29 487
2012 596 48 548
2013 593 53 540
2014 682 49 633
2015 734 70 664
2016 859 80 779
2017 883 91 792

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Popularity of Sullivan as a first name

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Popularity of Sullivan as a last name

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Common last names for Sullivan

  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Green
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sullivan U.S.
  White 87.73% 64.26%
  African American 7.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sullivan

People with the last name Sullivan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sullivan

  • What name lists does Sullivan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Sullivan? Sullivan is the 2,627th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sullivan was the 105th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sullivan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,234 babies born with the first name Sullivan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sullivan to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sullivan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sullivan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sullivan is Monday, August 25th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Sullivan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sullivan was in 2017 with a total of 792 babies.
  • Random Sullivan Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sullivan is not a popular baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Sullivan: Your name in reverse order is Navillus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lsniulva. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sullivan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 220,990 people with the last name Sullivan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sullivan? Sullivan was ranked as the 105th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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