First name origins & meanings:
- Old English: Knowing
- Old French: Cannon
First name variations: Cannon, Canal, Canon, Chann, Channe, Channon
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Channon.
- The earliest American Channing was John, who came from Dorset,
England, in 1711 with his wife. Their son John became a prosperous
merchant of Newport, RI, and their grandson William Ellery was born
there in 1780. William Ellery Channing (1780–1842) was a Unitarian
clergyman who founded the Massachusetts Peace Society, a precursor of
the modern anti-war movement.
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