Shannon: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Shannon

Shannon

Pronunciation: SHA-nən (key)

Origin of the name Shannon:

Anglicized form of the Irish Seanán, which is a diminutive of sean (old, wise). Alternatively, Shannon can be a borrowing of the name of the longest river in Ireland. It is believed to be derived from the Gaelic sean (old) and abhann (river).

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Comments and insights on the name Shannon: | Edit

When I was little, people always said "Shannon? That's a boy's name!" (See the explanation of this name for boys) This was humiliating and I hated my name for years, until high school, when it was suddenly cool and also was used as a girl's name. The takeaway for this is to never name your children an unusual name. Mom "wanted her children to have unusual names", probably because hers was very very common- several girls in her class had her name.

Personal experiences with the name Shannon: | Edit

I go to school with a girl named Shannon and she's super nice. She's really pretty and talks to anyone about anything.
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This is my middle name, and I love it. I really enjoy having a not-so-common middle name rather than something like Marie or Ann. I have Irish heritage, and my parents chose it because of the Shannon River.
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my names Shannon-Kelly (but i go by Shannon) and i was born at a time where it was not very popular (mid 90s) but everyone knew it it wasnt a "uncommon name" and many people loved and adored my name! every time i went on holiday there would always be key chains and gifts that said Shannon on them so i could always bring something home. ive always loved my name even if its not very trendy anymore like average names (Ava,Sarah,Kaylee ect) but yet its not unknow/unheard of i think its a great name to name your upcoming bundle of joy! its always great to have another Shannon around! also its great if you have Irish roots like my family dose

Nicknames for Shannon: | Edit

Shay
Shanny
Shan
Shanni
Sharona
Shiba
Shibs
Shannanigan
Shanwow
Shanaynay
Shansy
Shanban
Shannanigans
Shanransofarfromzanshegotatan (Wtf?)
Shantastixx
Shuggie

Meanings and history of the name Shannon: | Edit

Little Wise One

Famous real-life people named Shannon: | Edit

Shannon Miller - American gymnast
Shannon Elizabeth - American actress
Shannon Lucid - American biochemist and a NASA astronaut
Shannen Doherty- American Actress
Shannon - 80s Pop Star
Shannyn Sossamon - American actress

Shannon in song, story & screen: | Edit

The river Shannon, one of Ireland's main rivers, is the original source of the name.
"Shannon", song by Henry Gross
"Shannon", song by Volebeats
"Shannon", song by The Bart Chucker Band
"Shannon" song by Henry and the Seahawks
"Shannon", song by Dazy Head Mazy
Shannon Beiste, a character from FOX's "Glee"

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