Caniff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Caniff family

The surname Caniff was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat as chiefs of their name. 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. This family name was found later in Leitrim.

Early History of the Caniff family

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Caniff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conniff, Cunniff, Cunniffe, Conniffe, Coniff, MacNiff, MacAdoo, McAdoo, MacCunniffe, MacCuniff, MacEndo, MacEndoo, McNiff, McIndoo, MacIndoo and many more.

Early Notables of the Caniff family (pre 1700)

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Canada Caniff migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Caniff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Caniff U.E. who settled in Sissiboo [Weymouth], Nova Scotia c. 1783 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Caniff (post 1700) +

  • Milton Caniff (1907-1988), American strip cartoonist

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook
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