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What does Channing mean?

Channing Pronunciation of Channing [chan-ning] as a boys' name is pronounced CHAN-een. It is of English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Channing is "young wolf; official of the church". Occupational name. Related to Cannon, and possibly "canal" (Old French).

Associated with: wolf, occupational, old.


Channing has 6 variants: Canning, Cannon, Canon, Chann, Channe and Channon.

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Middle name pairings:
Channing Milo (C.M.), ..

How popular is Channing?

Channing is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#39304 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Channing was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest rank of #514 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #784 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Channing name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Channing outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Channing (#784 from current records) are Cannon (#588 from current records) and Canon (#1760). These relations of Channing were at the height of their popularity 3 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and are almost as popular today. Cannon is more ubiquitous than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Channing, Cannon, Canon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Channing and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Banning, Caidin, Calvino, Candido, Canice, Cannan, Canyon, Cardin, Carlin, Carling, Carmin, Carmine, Catlin, Caydin, Chaddie, Chadric, Chadwick, Chai, Chaim, Chairo, Chalney (see Chaney), Champion, Chan, Chanan, Chance, Chancey, Chand, Chandan, Chandler, Chane, Chaney, Chang, Chaniel, Channoch (see Chanoch), Chano, Chanok, Chantrey, Chantry, Chantz, Chany, Chanze, Chaplin, Chaplinn (see Chaplin), Charlie, Chaunce, Chauncey, Chauncy, Chawncey (see Chauncey), Chayan, Chayann, Chayim, Chayne, Chayyim, Chino, Choni, Claudino, Conlin, Connie, Craig, Craine, Darring, Giannino, Hasting, Henning, Lansing, Manning, Mannyng, Masling (see Maslin), Reading, Shannan, Shannen, Shannon, Starling, Tannin and Waring. These names tend to be more frequently used than Channing.

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