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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 surname Cannon was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 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
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Cannon Settlers in 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
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Cannon Settlers in 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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Cannon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Cannon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Cannon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eleanor Cannon, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Cannon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Bridget Cannon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Cannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Cannon, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Cannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Cannon, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Cannon, a cartwright, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Cannon a surveyor, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Jeremiah Cannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Jeremiah Cannon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
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Cannon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Cannon landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Cannon, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Cannon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • James C. Cannon, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Amy J. Cannon, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
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  • Mrs. P. Von Cannon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1924, 1936 (alternate)
  • General John Kenneth Cannon (1892-1955), American Commanding General of the Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia (1951-1954)
  • Major-General Peter Leo Cannon (1897-1962), American Adjutant-General of Rhode Island (1941-1945)
  • Lieutenant-General Robert Milchrist Cannon (1901-1976), American Deputy Commander in Chief US Army Pacific (1959-1961)
  • Dyan Cannon (b. 1937), American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer
  • 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)
  • Charles Albert Cannon (1892-1971), American President of the Cannon Mills Company from the 1920's to the 1960's
  • Angelia Cannon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • Arthur Patrick Cannon (1904-1966), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Florida 4th District, 1939-47; State Court Judge in Florida, 1952
  • Benjamin Budd Cannon (1866-1948), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1896, 1904, 1916
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Cannon Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Lionel James Cannon (1914-1941), Australian Telegraphist from Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Robert Henry Cannon, English Inspector from Kensington, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • The Cannon Family by Edward Pugh Cannon.
  • Cannon Family Historical Treasury by Beatrice Cannon Evans.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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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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