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ˈʃæn ənshan·non

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Shannon, Claude Shannon, Claude E. Shannon, Claude Elwood Shannonnoun

    United States electrical engineer who pioneered mathematical communication theory (1916-2001)


  1. Shannonnoun

    The longest river in the British Isles, which flows through Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean.

  2. Shannonnoun

    of origin, variant of Shanahan, anglicised from Ó Seanaigh.

  3. Shannonnoun

    derived from the river; first used in the USA in early 20th century, and only recently in Ireland.

  4. Shannonnoun

    The longest river in the British Isles, which flows through Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean

  5. Shannonnoun

    A town in Ireland at the mouth of that river, and its nearby international airport.

  6. Shannonnoun

    A sea area, to the west of Ireland, centred on the estuary of this river.

  7. Shannonnoun

    A small town in Horowhenua District, North Island, New Zealand.

  8. Shannonnoun

    A surname of Irish origin, variant of Shanahan, anglicised from Ó Seanaigh.

  9. Shannonnoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname or place name.

    Captain Samuel Shannon is frequently mentioned in the public records, and he had something more than a local reputation. He must have been very popular, as the name "Shannon" as a Christian name is so common throughout the valley as to be noticeable.

  10. Shannonnoun

    A female given name transferred from the place name; first used in the USA in early 20th century, and only recently in Ireland.

    Everything in my life is okay except I have this terrible problem with my sister Shannon. I'm spelling her name the way most people would. She spells it Sionna ever since the priest told us that's the real Irish way to spell it. It's the name of a river and a goddess. Shanny doesn't think she's a river. She's really Shannon Marie.


  1. Shannon

    Shannon Brenda Greene, better known by the mononym Shannon, is an American recording artist and singer/songwriter. She is possibly best known for her million-selling record single "Let the Music Play". Her albums include Let the Music Play, released in 1984, followed by Do You Wanna Get Away in 1985 and Love Goes All the Way in 1986. In 1999, Shannon appeared in a segment of VH1's One-Hit Wonders, and returned to music with her fourth album, The Best is Yet to Come, which was released in 2000. The album was followed by a compilation album released in 2004, Let The Music Play: The Best of Shannon. Shannon's most recent album is A Beauty Returns, released in 2007.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Shannon

    the first river of Ireland, and largest in the British Islands, rises in the Cuilcagh Mountains, Co. Cavan; flows in a south-westerly direction through Loughs Allen, Ree, and Derg, besides forming several lough expansions, to Limerick, whence it turns due W., and opens out on the Atlantic in a wide estuary between Kerry (S.) and Clare (N.); has an entire course of 254 m., and is navigable to Lough Allen, a distance of 213 m.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shannon is ranked #752 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shannon surname appeared 46,147 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 16 would have the surname Shannon.

    75.1% or 34,684 total occurrences were White.
    19.5% or 9,003 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 1,089 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 937 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 249 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 185 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shannon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shannon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Shannon in a Sentence

  1. Andy Mardock:

    The answer to this question should be short and sweet. The longer, more convoluted, or confusing the explanation, the more likely Shannon McLay interests aren't being put first.

  2. Lori Gregory:

    When we first got certified with therapy for Rojo, I thought 'oh this will be fun,' the first visit that we did, Shannon had him on the lead, and was taking him into a rehab facility. And I was kind of on his backside with all the nurses, and as she would take him in along the bedsides, I would hear them getting so excited. They said 'wow, Herald hasn't spoken in a month and I heard him say he's cute!' Or, 'look, Helen is trying to sit up and she hasn't moved for weeks.' Every room we were going in to, it was like seeing miracles happen.

  3. Mandy Pifer:

    I had a very intimate conversation with both of them. And it was nice. I felt like they were very present, they were listening to what I said. They were curious about Shannon, about our relationship.

  4. Ed Markey:

    I was very disappointed at the Democratic National Committees refusal to hold a debate on climate change for our presidential candidates, so today Im challenging Congressman Joe Kennedy, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton to a climate change debate, and to do it very soon.

  5. Larry Shannon Hargrove:

    Larry Shannon Hargrove theorizes that Republicans have brought impeachment charges against Bill Clinton because' he wears dark glasses and plays a saxophone,' which is one gambit the White House defense team didn't try in the Senate. he came to Austin one time and the Democratic committee or whatever you call it, gave me a pass to get out on the runway and I got a chance to shake his hand. I had one of those CDs in my hand. He just gave me a big smile and a hug. He said' bless you.'.

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    equally skillful with each hand
    • A. unsealed
    • B. ambidextrous
    • C. ectomorphic
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