What does Shannon mean?
Shannon \sh(an)-non\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Shannon) is pronounced SHAN-en. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shannon is "old, ancient". Place name of an Irish river. The meaning possibly refers to an ancient Celtic diety identified with the river. Actresses Shannen Doherty, Shannyn Sossamon; gymnast Shannon Miller.
Shannon has 1 masculine form: Tannon.
Shannon is a very prominent first name for women (#123 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#693 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Shannon for girls. Shannon entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #21 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shana, Shani, Shanna, Shannan, Shannen and Shanon are the prominent related forms of Shannon. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4613%) and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Shana, Shanna and Shannon becoming less trendy. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Shannon and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Shandon. This name tends to be less commonly used than Shannon.