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Canavan Early Origins



The surname Canavan was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat as hereditary physicians to the O'Flahertys. Traditionally, this great sept is descended through the Fihillys from Muredach Maolleathan the 16th Christian King of Connacht. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable.

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Canavan Spelling Variations


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Canavan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Canavan, O'Canavan, Canaman, Kinevan, Kinavan, Kanavan, O'Kennevain and many more.

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Canavan Early History


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Canavan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canavan research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Canavan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Canavan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Canavan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Canavan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Canavan, who arrived in America in 1800
  • Thomas Canavan, who landed in Mississippi in 1838
  • Patrick Canavan, aged 24, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1848
  • Biddy Canavan, aged 16, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Biddy Canavan, who settled in New York in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canavan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Canavan, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Edward Canavan, who came to Ontario in 1871

Canavan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Canavan, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Canavan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Canavan (post 1700)



  • Matthew Canavan, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1867-69
  • John A. Canavan, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1938-39
  • Edward V. Canavan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932
  • Edward J. Canavan, American politician, Candidate for borough President of Bronx, New York, 1965
  • Dennis A. Canavan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956 (alternate), 1960
  • Earle Samuel Canavan (b. 1937), American racing driver
  • Myrtelle May Moore Canavan (1879-1953), American physician and medical researcher, one of the first female pathologists, best known for identifying Canavan disease in 1931
  • Peter Canavan (b. 1971), Irish Gaelic Football player and manager who won two All- Ireland Senior Football Championship medals and six All Stars Awards
  • Niall David Stephen Canavan (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Chris Canavan (1929-2013), British television and stage actor, best known for his recurring roles on the British soap opera, Coronation Street, for more than fifty years
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Canavan Historic Events


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Canavan Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Mary Canavan (d. 1912), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Tonacrick, Clare who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Patrick "Peter" Canavan (d. 1912), aged 21, Irish Third Class passenger from Knockmaria, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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    The Canavan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Canavan 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 05:53.

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