Shannon is an Anglicized form of the Irish name Sionainn. The given name derived from the name of the longest river of Ireland (Abha an tSionainn). Shannon was originally a boy’s name but is today more commonly used for girls. The goddess of the river Shannon is called Sinann, she is the granddaughter of the Sea-God Lir in Irish mythology.
Shannon means “old river” and “wise river” (from Old Irish “sen” = old/ancient + “abann” = river), but as well “possessor or wisdom”. Because the suffix “-ain” indicates a diminutive in Irish, the name is often mistranslated as “little wise one”.
The name Shannon is ranked #6820 overall.
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