Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : Knowing
- Old French : Cannon
Family 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.