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Cann is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cann family lived in north Dorset and Cornwall area of England. The name is a reference to the family's tenure of residence in Caen, near Calvados, Normandy. The name is derived from the Old English word canne which literally means "a can or cup" but is used topographically to mean someone who lived in a hollow or deep valley. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Cann Early Origins



The surname Cann was first found in north Dorset where Cann is a village and in 2001 had a population of 955. The Domesday Book lists Cann Orchard in what is now Cornwall, as land held by Aelfric, an undertenant of the Count of Mortain. At that time, there was land enough for two ploughs, two acres of woodland and ten acres of pasture. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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Cann Spelling Variations


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Cann Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cann, Caen, Can and others.

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Cann Early History


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Cann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cann research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 110 and 1100 are included under the topic Early Cann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cann Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cann or a variant listed above:

Cann Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mr. Cann, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Robert Cann who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Cann settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Tho Cann, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • John Cann and his wife Mary, settled in New Jersey in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rodrigo Cann, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Alex M Cann, aged 11, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Ann Jane Cann, aged 6, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Jane M Cann, aged 28, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851

Cann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Cann, a leather-dresser, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Cann, a plasterer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Cann arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  • Peter Cann, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • George Cann, aged 34, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cann (post 1700)



  • William Cann, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Illinois State Senate 23rd District, 1922
  • Samuel J. Cann (b. 1954), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1995-2013; Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 2013-
  • Mrs. Richard T. Cann, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1924
  • Margaret R. Cann, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1976
  • Carmine J. Cann (b. 1930), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1961-68
  • Howard Gardsell Cann (1895-1992), American sportsman, men's basketball coach at New York University, Olympic shot putter, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968
  • Ensign Tedford Harris Cann (1897-1963), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Sydney Thomas "Sid" Cann (1911-1996), English professional football defender and football manager
  • Jamie Charles Cann (1946-2001), English politician
  • Maurice Cann (1911-1989), British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cann Historic Events


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Cann Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary L.† Cann (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Cyril Rupert† Cann (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Herbert R Cann (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Walthamstow, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ernest Charles Cann (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from Penwithick, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perimus licitis
Motto Translation: We perish by what is lawful.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. 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, 1968. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Cann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cann 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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