Shannon

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347k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
46k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shannon

"Shannon" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Old". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States electrical engineer who pioneered mathematical communication theory (1916-2001)
Wiktionary
  1. The longest river in the British Isles, which flows through Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. A surname​ of Irish origin, variant of Shanahan, anglicised from Ó Seanaigh (“descendant of a person named Old”).
  3. (chiefly US) A male given name, from the surname or from the river.
  4. A female given name derived from the river; first used in the USA in early 20th century, and only recently in Ireland.

Shannon was also found in the following language(s): Manx

Notable Persons Named Shannon

Shay Mitchell is an actor, model (people), entrepreneurship, author, actress, model, and entrepreneur. She has been prominent since 2009. Shay was given the name Shannon Ashley Mitchell on April 10th, 1987 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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Shannon Briggs is a boxer. Shannon was born on December 4th, 1971 in New York, United States.

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Shannon Elizabeth is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1996 to present. Shannon was given the name Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston.

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Shannon Woodward is an actress. She was most active from 1991 to present. Shannon was given the name Shannon Marie Woodward on December 17th, 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Shannon Lee is an actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1993.

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Shannyn Sossamon is an actress, dancer, model, and musician. She was most prominent from 1995 to present. Shannyn was given the name Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon on October 3rd, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shannon

Michael Shannon is an actor and musician. He was most active from 1991 to present. Michael was given the name Michael Corbett Shannon on August 7th, 1974 in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

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Claude Shannon was a scientist in the fields of mathematics and electronic engineering. Claude was born on April 30th, 1916 in Petoskey, Michigan, U.S. He died on April 30th, 1916.

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Molly Shannon is a comedian. Molly was given the name Molly Helen Shannon on September 16th, 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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Del Shannon was a rock music and country music singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1958 to 1990. Del was given the name Charles Weedon Westover on December 30th, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Del is also known as Charlie Johnson. He passed away on February 8th, 1990.

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Shannon is a singing, actor, singer, and actress. Shannon was given the name Shannon Williams Lees on May 26th, 1998 in London.

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Kristina was born on October 2nd, 1989 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

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How popular is the baby name Shannon in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 0 5
1885 6 0 6
1890 5 0 5
1904 7 0 7
1905 5 0 5
1906 5 0 5
1907 6 0 6
1908 7 0 7
1912 14 5 9
1913 16 0 16
1914 16 0 16
1915 30 0 30
1916 31 0 31
1917 24 0 24
1918 30 5 25
1919 39 5 34
1920 19 0 19
1921 34 6 28
1922 44 15 29
1923 50 11 39
1924 29 10 19
1925 38 13 25
1926 37 11 26
1927 37 9 28
1928 43 17 26
1929 35 20 15
1930 26 15 11
1931 52 28 24
1932 47 23 24
1933 63 29 34
1934 70 38 32
1935 61 32 29
1936 67 32 35
1937 86 55 31
1938 97 55 42
1939 100 65 35
1940 107 72 35
1941 125 83 42
1942 174 125 49
1943 193 143 50
1944 169 121 48
1945 171 119 52
1946 237 152 85
1947 331 256 75
1948 297 219 78
1949 349 267 82
1950 474 382 92
1951 483 374 109
1952 526 420 106
1953 582 492 90
1954 681 558 123
1955 798 641 157
1956 857 692 165
1957 868 707 161
1958 965 823 142
1959 1,305 1,007 298
1960 1,300 1,014 286
1961 1,570 1,235 335
1962 1,896 1,393 503
1963 2,677 2,052 625
1964 3,060 2,300 760
1965 3,507 2,569 938
1966 4,149 2,992 1,157
1967 4,614 3,445 1,169
1968 8,107 6,402 1,705 #53 girl name
1969 12,823 10,451 2,372 #31 girl name
1970 16,120 13,547 2,573 #22 girl name
1971 15,659 12,652 3,007 #21 girl name
1972 13,978 10,964 3,014 #94 boy name
#22 girl name
1973 12,440 9,804 2,636 #100 boy name
#22 girl name
1974 13,114 10,609 2,505 #18 girl name
1975 11,900 9,371 2,529 #21 girl name
1976 15,984 13,372 2,612 #98 boy name
#17 girl name
1977 14,803 12,517 2,286 #19 girl name
1978 12,449 10,601 1,848 #22 girl name
1979 12,007 10,367 1,640 #25 girl name
1980 10,997 9,667 1,330 #29 girl name
1981 10,431 9,227 1,204 #32 girl name
1982 9,710 8,622 1,088 #38 girl name
1983 9,308 8,426 882 #38 girl name
1984 9,238 8,476 762 #37 girl name
1985 8,402 7,713 689 #41 girl name
1986 7,975 7,404 571 #44 girl name
1987 7,482 6,965 517 #45 girl name
1988 6,764 6,254 510 #56 girl name
1989 6,226 5,660 566 #61 girl name
1990 5,709 5,189 520 #68 girl name
1991 5,360 4,846 514 #71 girl name
1992 5,755 5,289 466 #66 girl name
1993 6,447 6,070 377 #53 girl name
1994 5,910 5,507 403 #60 girl name
1995 5,109 4,734 375 #73 girl name
1996 4,653 4,337 316 #80 girl name
1997 4,210 3,914 296 #85 girl name
1998 3,548 3,277 271
1999 3,056 2,748 308
2000 2,421 2,180 241
2001 2,115 1,906 209
2002 1,991 1,757 234
2003 1,653 1,447 206
2004 1,456 1,255 201
2005 1,247 1,053 194
2006 1,109 919 190
2007 903 741 162
2008 806 657 149
2009 686 542 144
2010 511 416 95
2011 495 394 101
2012 422 327 95
2013 375 278 97
2014 341 257 84
2015 331 249 82
2016 271 193 78
2017 251 173 78

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Popularity of Shannon as a first name

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Popularity of Shannon as a last name

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Common last names for Shannon

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Scott
  • Anderson
  • Brooks
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shannon U.S.
  White 75.16% 64.26%
  African American 19.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shannon

People with the last name Shannon are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shannon

  • What name lists does Shannon rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Shannon? Shannon is the 200th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shannon was the 752nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shannon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 346,804 babies born with the first name Shannon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shannon to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shannon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shannon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shannon is Saturday, March 25th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Shannon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shannon was in 1970 with a total of 13,547 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shannon!
  • Random Shannon Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shannon ranks 54th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 149 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name Shannon: Your name in reverse order is Nonnahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hnsaonn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shannon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 46,147 people with the last name Shannon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shannon? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Shannon as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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