Lazy Susan is the name given to a revolving device for serving condiments or snacks, which first appeared on American dining tables at the beginning of the 2oth century. If you were hoping for an origin of the name, or to find out who Susan was, you will be disappointed. No one has any clue as to who Susan might be. The only theory that has been put forward is that Susan may have been a generic name for all maidservants in America at that time, but this has not been proved satisfactorily. Lazy, of course, is an allusion to the easy, effortless way in which one can choose what one wants from the revolving device. Otherwise, nothing else is known about its origin.