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Shannon (boy)

What does Shannon mean?

Shannon Pronunciation of Shannon [shan-non] as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' 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.

Associated with: gaelic, river.


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

Affiliated boy name: Tannon.

1 feminine form: Shana.

Creative forms:
(male) Chenon, Sannon, ..

(female) Shanne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shannon Demarco (S.D.), ..

How popular is Shannon?

Shannon is a very popular first name for men (#317 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#693 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shannon reached its top rank of #111 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #1825. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent varying form of Shannon (#1825 in 2015) is Shanon. Adoption of these forms of Shannon was widespread 5 decades ago (adoption of 0.2%) and is now significantly less, with the version Shannon becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 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 alike in pronunciation to Chanan and Channon. Other recommended names are Alanson, Blandon, Brandon, Brannon, Brannton, Branson, Brennon, Cannon, Canon, Canyon, D'anton, Danon, Gannon, Kannon, Kanon, Kennon, Landon, Manton, Salmon, Salton, Samson, Sanborn, Sansom, Sanson, Sansone, Santo, Santos, Savion, Savyon, Saxton, Scanlan, Scanlen (see Scanlon), Scanlon, Seann, Seaton, Shaan, Shadow, Shalmon, Shan, Shanahan, Shandey (see Shandy), Shandon, Shandy, Shane, Shani, Shanley, Shann, Shannley, Shaughn, Shaun, Shavon, Shawn, Shawnee, Shawnel, Shawney, Shawnie, Shawnn, Shaylon, Shayn, Shayne, Sheldon, Shelton, Shermon, Shimon, Shovon, Stannes (see Stanislaus), Stanten, Stanton, Staunton, Swanton, Swenson, Swinton and Tanton. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shannon.

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