Shannon Name Meaning & Origin
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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That's funny when I was little people always said Shannon was a girl's name to the guys named Shannon.
who the hell would name a boy shannon
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I go to school with a girl named Shannon and she's super nice. She's really pretty and talks to anyone about anything.
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.
my names Shannon-Kelly (but i go by Shannon) im 14 and i have never gotten "thats a boys name!" other than from my brothers who like to pick on me. i have always loved my name cuz there are so many nick names for it! Shan shan, Shanelly, Sharona, Shannenbananen, ect. im always the only Shannon in the class so we dont have to go by "shannon P." or something like that.
My uncle always called me Shenandoah
My name was common in the midwest US where I am from (especially during the 1970s). I've met all female Shannon's in my 38 years on earth with the exception of two men. I actually went on a couple of dates with a boy named Shannon and it was confusing-luckily it didn't work out. I almost felt "Shannon" was too common as a child, but I moved to California as an adult and it's much more rare here, and now I like it much more. Even though it's common, people still mess it up. I often get called Shanna, Shawna, Janna, Janet and SHARON. Even in emails, people will read my signature and reply with Sharon. It just goes to show that even common names are difficult for people. Overall, I think it's a fine name, and would recommend it to those considering it.
Growing up, I never met another Shannon. Nor did I meet an Erin, my sister's name. I ran into my first pair when I was teaching high school in the 70s. When my sister and I took a trip to Ireland, we learned the hard way that our names were not common in Ireland. They seem to be names that immigrants gave their children as a reminder of the old country. In the last 15 to 20 years, I have met both men and women named Shannon. In fact, at my church we have an informal club made up of Shannons. There are five of us, all about the same age. Best thing about my name? I never had a nickname growing up. Still don't.
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Meaning: Little Wise One
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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 Boxx- US Women's National Soccer Player
Shannon Messenger- Author of "Keeper of the Lost Cities" and "Let the Sky Fall" series
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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"
Shannon from Lost