Shenandoah: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Shenandoah
Origin of the name Shenandoah:
Derived from the Algonquian schind-han-do-wi, the literal translation of which has been thought to be "spruce stream," "great plains," or "beautiful daughter of the stars." The name of a river and valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia, Shenandoah was popularized as a given name by the folk song "Shenandoah."
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I love this name! It is the perfect blend of cultures to sound uniquely American.
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I was given this name when I was born in 1985. I have always gone by Shenan, unless I was in trouble or for formal things. Kids can say it, adults have been disrespectful and insist that they will just call me "Shannon", even though that is not how it is pronounced. Classmates would tease me and there was always a pause at graduations while they tried to figure out what to say.
I also was named this, though in '94 in my case. Funny as it is I also go by Shenan, except my Grandma and Taekwondo teacher call me by my full name, and they call me Doah at summer camp. I have never really cared how people pronounce it, because it's too much of a hassle to always correct people when they say "Shannon" and often people can't hear the difference anyway. The only thing I hate being called is "Shee-nan" because the guys in my 6th grade class always called me that to bug me... And eventually they started calling me "She-man" which obviously wasn't any better. It's always funny to see how people try to spell my name. I've seen Shannondoa, Shennandoah, Shenandoa, and oddly: Shananndo. Not sure how they got the last one. It's also really funny to get called other things, like when I was 5 everyone in the church called me Savannah half of the time. The unfortunate side-effect of having this name is that whenever I meet older people in church choirs (which happens a lot because my dad usually leads the choir at the churches we go to) they begin to sing the song. And I always cringe and groan whenever I hear it.
I’m another Shenandoah born in 90'. Most people assume that when I say Shenandoah that I am giving them my first and last name. Usually people do one of 2 things when they meet me, the first is asking "is that your real name?" Or they start singing the song to me. I cringe and groan when people start singing to me cause then everyone in the immediate area turns and looks at me. It funny when people first say my name and try to spell it, I was at Starbucks the other day and I told the girl my name was Doah and on the cup she wrote Dowell. Personally I hate being called and other form of nick name for Shenandoah besides Doah. One nick name that I don’t mind and is hella funny was the one I got when my friend was so drunk the he couldn’t say my name so I got called Sha-Doah all night. Mostly people call me Shannon and it drives me up a wall when I have to correct them every five seconds, but I’ll always do it. To stop people from calling my Shannon after I correct them so many times I tell them that my name is Shenandoah and that they can call me Doah because I don’t respond to Shannon. When I tell people my name they seem to only hear the Shannon even if I pronounce it Shenan. It used to be a fun game to guess what the teachers and substitutes would say when they got to my name on the roll sheet in school. Where I come from most people have never heard of my name and once my friend got asked if I was African American, Hispanic, and then if I was ghetto (Yeah I know!). Despite all of that I really love my name and wouldn’t change it for the world.
I can't believe there are other people out there that (almost) share my name. Mine is spelled Shannondoeh and I was born in 1986. I used to hate my name, but as I grew older I love it so much I got it tattooed! I'm so happy (and kinda sad) to know I'm not the only one. I have always had the hardest time, and mine is easier to figure out than the original way! People get pretty creative when they try to pronounce it, but luckily I go by Shannon, only a select few have taken it upon themselves to call me by my full name.
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Shenan, Shena, Doe, Nan, Shen, Doah, Shenay-nay
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