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.
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).
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).