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Shannon Family History

Shannon Name Meaning

Irish:: shortened form of Shanahan . shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanáin ‘descendant of Seanán’ a personal name based on a pet form of seán ‘old’. This Irish surname became established in Scotland in the 14th century. in County Clare a shortened Anglicized form of Mac Giolla tSeanáin ‘son of the servant of St. Seanán’. In the Irish midlands Leonard and Nugent have been adopted as equivalents of this name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hannon, Cannon, Gannon, Hannan, Scanlon, Hanlon, Bannon, Hanson

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Where is the Shannon family from?

You can see how Shannon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shannon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shannon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 107 Shannon families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Shannon's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shannon families in 1840.
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What did your Shannon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shannon. 15% of Shannon men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Shannon women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shannon were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 282,000 census records available for the last name Shannon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shannon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Shannon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Shannon. For the veterans among your Shannon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shannon lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Shannon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shannon in 1942 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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