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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 Cannady is O'Cinneide, which is derived from the words "ceann," which means "head," and "éidigh," which means "helmet."

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The surname Cannady 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.

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Cannady were found in the many archives researched. These included Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.


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

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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Cannady family name:

Cannady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelius Cannady, who landed in Maryland in 1648
  • Dennis Cannady, who arrived in Maryland in 1657-1658
  • William Cannady, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
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  • Samuel H. Cannady, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1860-61
  • Nathaniel E. Cannady, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1848-49; Member of North Carolina State Senate 28th District, 1850-53
  • N. B. Cannady, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1896
  • John Hanley Cannady (1923-2002), American NFL football linebacker for the New York Giants (1947-1954), inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991
  • Walter I. "Rev" Cannady (1904-1981), American Negro League baseball player who played from 1921 to 1945
  • Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1890-1974), American civil rights advocate, editor of the Advocate, Oregon's largest African-American newspaper, one of the founders of Oregon's chapter of the NAACP
  • William T. Cannady (b. 1937), American architect who earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout in 1953
  • Jesse Cannady (1911-1981), American Negro League baseball player who played between 1942 and 1945
  • Richard L. Cannady (b. 1935), American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2009-)
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  • Ancestral Families of Alison Cannady by Bruce B. Cannady.
  • The History and Genealogy of the George W. Cannady Family by Bruce B. Cannady.
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    1. 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).
    2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    3. 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.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. 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.
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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