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

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The surname Canady was 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.

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Canady family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.


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

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Prominent amongst the family at this time was Mathew Kennedy, who was forced to leave Ireland for France after the Fall of Limerick; Sir Robert Kennedy, 1st Baronet, an official of the...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Canady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North Ameri ca. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Canady or one of its variants:

Canady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Canady, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Jane Canady, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Canady Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Canady, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Hugh Canady, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741

Canady Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elliza Canady, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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  • Tom Canady, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956
  • Sara Canady, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • R. O. Canady, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 4th District, 1940
  • Patricia Canady, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2008
  • Mike Canady, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 12th District, 1996
  • Jim Canady, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 26th District, 1992
  • James P. Canady, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Johnston County, 1905-06
  • Jacqueline Canady, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1972
  • Charles Terrance Canady (b. 1954), American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1985-90; Candidate for Florida State Senate, 1990; U.S. Representative from Florida 12th District, 1993-2001
  • Herman George Canady (1901-1970), African-American social psychologist
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Canady Historic Events



Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Valerie Canady (1963-1988), American Auditor from Morgantown, West Virginia, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. 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.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Canady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Canady 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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