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Gender Female
Word/name Diminutive of Shannon or Anglicization of Sionna
Meaning 'old and wise' or 'possessor of wisdom'
Other names
Related names Shannon
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Shanna is an feminine given name.

It derives from an Anglicization of Sionna meaning "possessor of wisdom" or as a common diminutive of Shannon meaning "wise river."

An alternate spelling of Shanna may be Shana.

History of the name[edit]

The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon, earned its namesake from the Celtic goddess Sionna, who sought the enchanted hazelnuts of wisdom.[1]

Sionna is the Irish spelling of Shanna.

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  1. ^ Domhnaill, Fadó. Fadó: Tales of Lesser Known Irish History. Leicestershire, UK: Matador, 2013. 7. Print.
  2. ^ "Playmate data". Retrieved June 18, 2010.