🔼The name Susa in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Susa
Shushan, the Hebrew version of what we call Susa, is identical to the Hebrew word שושן (shushan), meaning lily:
Whether the ancient pronunciation of Susa was really Shusha and the Masoretes had it right, or whether we are wrong about the Masoretes and the difference between שׁ and שׂ was not determined by an absolute difference in pronunciation, nobody can tell for sure. All we can tell is that (despite of what Susa might have meant in its original language) to the Hebrews the name Shushan meant Lily.