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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


Originally, Shannon was a nickname for a person noted as possessing great wisdom, or an elderly person. The surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic name O Seanain, which comes from the word sean, which has the double meaning of old and wise.

Shannon Early Origins



The surname Shannon was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Shannon Spelling Variations


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Shannon Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Shannon has appeared in various documents spelled Shannon, Shennan, Shennane and others.

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Shannon Early History


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Shannon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shannon research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1548 is included under the topic Early Shannon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shannon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shannon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shannon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shannon In Ireland


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Shannon In Ireland



Some of the Shannon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Shannon, or a variant listed above:

Shannon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lakall Shannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1695
  • William Shannon, who landed in Virginia in 1698

Shannon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Shannon, who arrived in America in 1742
  • James Shannon arrived in Boston in 1764
  • Luke Shannon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Shannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Shannon, aged 40, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Robert Shannon, who arrived in New York in 1813
  • Bridget Shannon, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1813
  • David Shannon, who came to New York, NY in 1815
  • David Shannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shannon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Ross Shannon, who landed in New York in 1912

Shannon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lieut. Daniel Shannon U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. David Shannon U.E. who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 on Secret Service [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Shannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • B Shannon, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Rosy Shannon, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • Charles Shannon, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • James Shannon, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Shannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Shannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/ Surrey 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • George Shannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • Isabella Shannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • James Shannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • Jane Shannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shannon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Helen Shannon landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Michael Shannon, aged 30, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Florence Shannon, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sarah Shannon, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • James Shannon, aged 18, a miner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shannon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shannon (post 1700)



  • Jeff Shannon (1961-2013), American film critic
  • Michael Corbett Shannon (b. 1974), American stage, film, and television actor nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008
  • Bill Shannon (1941-2010), American author and baseball historian
  • William Vincent Shannon (1927-1988), former editor of the New York Times and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
  • Terry Craig Shannon (1952-2005), American information technology consultant, journalist and author
  • Richard Shannon (b. 1954), American writer, performer and speaker
  • Fred Albert Shannon (1893-1963), American historian and a Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Frederick A. Shannon (b. 1921), American herpetologist and medical doctor
  • Del Shannon (1934-1990), American rock and roll singer-songwriter
  • David Shannon (b. 1960), award-winning American author and illustrator
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Shannon Historic Events


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Shannon Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Edward Shannon, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Francis Joseph Shannon, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John D Shannon (b. 1915), Australian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve from Buranda, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Shannon


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Suggested Readings for the name Shannon



  • My Byers-Bonar-Shannon and Allied Families by Marion Stark Craig.
  • Shannon Family and Connections by William G. Shannon.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm

Other References

  1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Shannon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shannon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2016 at 02:37.

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