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Meaning and name origin

Shannon \sh(an)-non\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Shannon), is pronounced SHAN-en. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shannon is "old, ancient". The name of a prominent river, county, and airport in Ireland, used as a given name in this century. Football player Shannon Sharpe.


Shannon has 5 variant forms: Shanan, Shanen, Shannan, Shannen and Shanon.

For more information, see also the related boy name Tannon.

There is 1 feminine form of Shannon: Shana.


Shannon is a very popular first name for males (#317 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#679 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shannon for boys. Shannon reached its highest rank of #106 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shannon name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Shannon and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shanon and Shannon. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shannon, Shanon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shannon is also pronounced similarly to Channon. Another suggested similar baby name is Shandon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shannon.