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Boy Name: Sullivan

Name: Sullivan
Pronunciation: \s(u)-lli-van\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: dark eyes
Origin: Gaelic
Sounds Like: Salvian, Sylvan, Silvan
Variant forms: Sullavan, Sullevan, Sully
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 105


Sullivan \s(u)-lli-van\ as a boy's name is pronounced SIL-ih-vun. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Sullivan is "dark eyes". Composer Arthur Sullivan; TV host Ed Sullivan; architect Louis Sullivan.

Sullivan has 3 variant forms: Sullavan, Sullevan and Sully.

Baby names that sound like Sullivan are Salvian, Sylvan and Silvan.


Sullivan is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#105 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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