🔼The name Shoshannah: Summary
- From the noun שושן (shushan), lily.
🔼The name Shoshannah in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Shoshannah
The name Shoshannah is identical to the feminine version of the word שושן (shushan), meaning lily, but there's a lot more to it than that:
There's an odd correlation between the color white and the number six. The nouns שש (shesh) and שיש (shayish) mean alabaster, which is a whitish translucent material. The identical word שש (shesh) means six. The noun שושן (shushan) describes the lily, which has six leaves and is proverbially white. The adjective ישש (yashesh) or ישיש (yashish) means old or white-haired.
The relatively rare verb שוש (sus) or שיש (sis) means to exult or rejoice, and its nouns ששון (sason) and משוש (masos) mean exultation, joy or gladness. Despite their similarity to the previous, these words seem to have little to do with the number six or being white, which is possibly why these words were pointed differently in the Middle Ages (the previous words have sh-sounds while these words have s-sounds).
All in all, Shoshannah is quite a name.
The name Shoshannah literally means Lily but may perhaps also be interpreted as White or perhaps even Pure.