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Origin: Israel
Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Shannon is a gender-neutral name with Irish origins, meaning "wise river". It is a combination of the Irish name Sionainn, meaning "possessor of wisdom," and the phrase sean-amhan, meaning "old river". The name is also associated with the River Shannon, the longest river in the British Isles, which adds to its natural grace. Shannon was originally a boy's name but has become more commonly used for girls. The name gained popularity in the United States through Irish immigrants and first appeared as a boy's name in 1881. In the 1970s, American parents began to use the name for both boys and girls, and its popularity peaked during this time. Today, Shannon is one of the most popular Irish names outside of Ireland due to its easy pronunciation and spelling.

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