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Where did the Irish Cannady family come from? What is the Irish Cannady family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cannady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cannady family history?

The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Cannady is O'Cinneide, which is derived from the words "ceann," which means "head," and "éidigh," which means "helmet."

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One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Cannady were found in the many archives researched. These included Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.

First found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster. This distinguished Irish family were descended from Kennedy, nephew of King Brian Boru, Ireland's great Warrior King who fell in the battle of Clontarf in the year 1014.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannady research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1615 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Cannady History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cannady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Cannady family name:

Cannady Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Cornelius Cannady, who landed in Maryland in 1648
  • Dennis Cannady, who arrived in Maryland in 1657-1658
  • William Cannady, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

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  • Ancestral Families of Alison Cannady by Bruce B. Cannady.
  • The History and Genealogy of the George W. Cannady Family by Bruce B. Cannady.
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The Cannady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cannady Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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