Shannon: What's the Meaning Behind a Name?


So, you're choosing your baby's name, and you want to pick out just the right one. It has to be perfect. After all, it's your baby.

Or maybe you've just begun to question what the origins of your own name are. Were you given that name for a reason? Perhaps your name explains some of your personality characteristics?

Whatever your reasons, you want to know the significance of the name Shannon, so take a look and find out.



The name Shannon is of Irish origins, meaning "little old wise one." It is a name that can given to either a boy or girl.


Personality Traits

It is said that people named Shannon hold strong convictions in truth and justice. They may even be quickly upset with those that do not also hold to these values.

People named Shannon also tend to come across as very practical in nature. Additionally, this practicality often suits them well because it brings with it a certain preference to order. Practicality combined with order lead to being good at saving money and also at accomplishing other goals.

Other characteristics and traits include:

  • Natural leadership abilities
  • Dependable
  • Easy going
  • Gregarious
  • Humorous
  • Hard Working
  • Conservative

Henry Gross - Shannon


Interesting Facts

Nicole Kidman played a character named Shannon in the film entitled Far and Away.

At 224 miles in length, the Shannon River is the longest river in Ireland.

An oldie song from 1976 called "Shannon" is sung by Henry Gross.

Famous People

Shannen Doherty

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Miller

Shannon Ashley Mitchell

Shannyn Sossamon

Alternative Spellings and Variations








Similar Names



More by this Author

Comments 2 comments

Eiddwen profile image

Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub ; voted up and shared.


shanmarie profile image

shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Gee, thanks! You know, I don't necessarily put much stock in the thought that a name can influence a personality, seeing as how I am more into psychology. However, I found that many of those descriptors and traits seem to fit me.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article