What does Channing mean?
Channing \ch(a)-nni-ng\ 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).
Channing has 1 more related variation via Cannon: Kanon.
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)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Channing for boys. Channing was first listed in 1990 and reached its highest rank of #514 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #689 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
The only other prominent alternative form of Channing (#689 the previous year) is Cannon (#543 the previous year). These boy names were at the height of their popularity in 2012 (usage of 0.479%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.384%, down 19.8%). Channing (#689) and Cannon (#543) are two of the more trendy names for newborns here, with Channing going through a resurgence in popularity. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Channing and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)