Cannady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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."
Early Origins of the Cannady family
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.
Early History of the Cannady family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannady research. Another 67 words (5 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.
Cannady Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Cannady family (pre 1700)
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.
In the United States, the name Cannady is the 6,046th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Cannady migration to the United States +
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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Cannady (post 1700) +
- 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-)
- 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 Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1896 
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Cannady +
- Ancestral Families of Alison Cannady by Bruce B. Cannady.
- The History and Genealogy of the George W. Cannady Family by Bruce B. Cannady.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html