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

While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are often familiar to people, their Irish Gaelic heritage is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Cannon is O Canain, from the word "cano," which means "wolf cub."

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The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Cannon dating from that time include Cannon, O'Cannon, MacCannon, Cannan, Cannen, Cannin, MacCannan, McCannon, McCannan and many more.

First found in Tirconnell (Irish: Tír Chonaill) present day Donegal, located in Northwestn Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannon research. Another 290 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1659, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Cannon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cannon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Cannon:

Cannon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward and Ann Cannon who settled in Virginia in 1646
  • Edward Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • Joan Cannon, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Joane Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • John Cannon settled in Barbados in 1660


Cannon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Margaret Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Ellinor Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • John Cannon settled in Jamaica in 1716
  • Richard Cannon settled in Georgia in 1732 with his wife Mary, two sons, and a daughter


Cannon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Cannon, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Patrick Cannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh Cannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Bridget Cannon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Moses Cannon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816


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  • Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), American astronomer
  • Anthony Devon Cannon (b. 1984), American football linebacker
  • Arik Cannon (b. 1981), American professional wrestler
  • Cavendish Wells Cannon (1895-1962), U.S. ambassador to Morocco, Greece, and Portugal
  • Charles Albert Cannon (1892-1971), American President of the Cannon Mills Company from the 1920's to the 1960's
  • Louis Cannon (b. 1933), American journalist, non-fiction author, and biographer
  • Tommy Wayne "T.C." Cannon (1946-1978), important Native American artist of the 20th century
  • Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (1912-1996), birth name of Minnie Pearl, American country comedienne who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (1940 to 1991)
  • Walter Bradford Cannon (1871-1945), American physiologist
  • Martha Maria Hughes Cannon (1857-1932), American with the distinction of being the first female state senator elected in the United States

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  • The Cannon Family by Edward Pugh Cannon.
  • Cannon Family Historical Treasury by Beatrice Cannon Evans.
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The Cannon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cannon 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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