Shannon Family History

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Shannon Name Meaning

reduced form of Shanahan. reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanáin ‘descendant of Seanán’, a personal name based on a pet form of seán ‘old’. in County Clare, a reduced 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Shannon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shannon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shannon. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Shannon Family Origin

Where is the Shannon family from?

Shannon Family Occupations

What did your Shannon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shannon. A less common occupation for the Shannon family was Servant. The most common Shannon occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Shannon's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Labourer

  • Servant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shannon ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shannon Historical Records

What Shannon family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Shannon Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shannon

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shannon ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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