Meaning and Origin of: Channing

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Knowing
  • Old French : Cannon

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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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