Candon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Candon family

The surname Candon was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire at Ganton, a parish, in the union of Scarborough, wapentake of Dickering. "The church is a large and handsome structure of the 14th century, and has an embattled tower at the west end, surmounted by a commanding spire." [1]

The first record of the name was John Galmeton who held estates in that shire in the North Riding at Ganton. [2]

A canton is a type of administrative division of a country, a term that dates back centuries. The term is derived from the French word canton, meaning corner or district. [3]

Phonetically, it is worth noting that Centwine or Kenten (d. 685), was King of the West Saxons, the son of Cynegils and the brother of Cenwalh. "Accepting the statement of Bæda (Eccl. Hist. iv. 12) that after Cenwalh's death the under-kings of the West Saxons divided the kingdom between them for about ten years, we must hold that Centwine had considerably less power than his brother had enjoyed. The ' Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,' however, says nothing of any such division. " [4]

Important Dates for the Candon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Candon research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Candon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Candon Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Candon are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Candon include: Gamton, Ganton, Canton, Candon, Gandon, Ganden, Canden and many more.

Early Notables of the Candon family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Candon family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Candon or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Candon (post 1700)

  • Mary Eva Candon, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from District of Columbia, 2004-08; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 2004, 2008 [5]
  • Mark Candon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont at-large, 1998 [5]
  • José Manuel García-Verdugo Candon (b. 1935), Spanish senator and philosopher

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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