Sullivan is a strong baby name for boys with Irish and Gaelic origins. It has only recently maintained a sense of consistency in popularity in the United States. As of 2020, for instance, it is a top 400 option for boys.
Meaning of the Name Sullivan
Sullivan originated as a last name option in Ireland from the ancient Gaelic surname O Suileabhain. This name meant “descendent of Suileabhan.” Ultimately, it was for families whose patriarch was a son to a Suileabhan.
Sullivan originates, ultimately, to the baby name Suileabhan. This ancient Gaelic baby name means “little dark eye” correlating to the more modern meanings of Sullivan.
Nicknames for Sullivan
Sullivan is a strong name that is wholesome. It is a bit formal and almost trendy in modern years and should have an equally trendy nickname to pair it with. If you're looking for a nickname for the Sullivan in your life, we've compiled a list of fun options to get you inspired.
Sullivan Name Details
Gender: Sullivan is traditionally considered a boys name.
Alternative Spelling for Sullivan
Sullivan Name Popularity
Sullivan was rank 898 in 1900 and did not appear on the top 1,000 list of the Social Security Index again until 2002 at rank 993. As of 2020, Sullivan is a top 400 option at rank 398.
Related Names for Sullivan
Great Middle Names for Sullivan and Their Meanings
- Jack (God is gracious)
- Reid (person with red hair)
- Bryce (swift)
- Trent (lives by the river Trent)
- Rhys (passion, enthusiasm)
- Mark (consecrated to Mars)
- Cole (charcoal)
- Ross (steed, horse)
Famous People Named Sullivan
- Sullivan Stapleton (actor, “300: Rise of an Empire”)
- Sullivan Sweeten (actor, “Everybody Loves Raymond”)
Sullivan in Popular Culture
- Sullivan Meadows (character from “Addicted” series)
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