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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Shannon: | Edit

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

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) 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
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My uncle always called me Shenandoah
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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.

Nicknames for Shannon: | Edit

Shay
Shanny
Shan
Shanni
Sharona
Shannanigan
Shannanigans
Shanaynay
Shansy
Shantastixx
Shannenbanana
Shan-Shan
Shenandoah
Shan-ster
Shanny-Bananny
Shaw-naw-naw

Meanings and history of the name Shannon: | Edit

Meaning: Little Wise One

Origin: Irish

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 Boxx- US Women's National Soccer Player

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"
Shannon from Lost

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