As a Shannon, you are reliable and dependable, hard-working, and organized. With a clever and quick mind and tendencies to by analytical and practical, you are the person everyone counts on . . . and rightly so. You are systematic and methodical, which causes you to be thorough and accurate. You like to finish what you start, and you strongly resent anyone who tries to rush you or pressure you to cut corners and compromise quality. You have a strong ability to remain focused on complex tasks and concentrate when others would become restless and bored. This might lead you to success in a career in computer programming and development, or possibly accounting.
You tend to have difficult talking with those you don’t know, and you might even find it difficult to communicate deeply even with your closest friends or family. This leads you to creative expression through working with your hands (in crafts, carpentry, or the like) in order to dispel the loneliness and frustration you sometimes feel. Because of your reliability and thoroughness, you are at the foundation of your community or any group with which you associate, and those around you are truly luck to have you to count on!
The name Shannon comes from the name of the River Shannon, the longest River in Ireland. The name of the river is actually from the Gaelic words “sean”, meaning “old, wise one”, and “abhann”, meaning “river”. Together, they give us the name Shannon, meaning “old, wise river.”
Shannon was probably initially used as a first name in the United States in the late 19th century by Irish immigrants. It has been used as both a boys’ and girls’ name in the U.S., and came into use for girls in the late 1930s. It continued in use for both boys and girls for about 70 years, but by 2006, essentially stopped being used for boys. Shannon was a Top 100 girls’ name in the United States for thirty years, between 1968 and 1997, and peaked at #17 in 1976.
One of the best-known celebs on our list actually has a slight spelling variation of the name Shannon. That’s Shannen Doherty, an best known for her role as Brenda Walsh in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Another extremely well-known Shannon is American gymnast (and ovarian cancer survivor) Shannon Miller, one of the Magnificent Seven who won the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in the Team All-Around competition. She also was the individual gold medal champion for balance beam that year. One extremely famous male Shannon is football player and sports commentator, tight end Shannon Sharpe.