Cannan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are often familiar to people, their Irish Gaelic heritage is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Cannan is O Canain, from the word "cano," which means "wolf cub."

Early Origins of the Cannan family

The surname Cannan was first found in Tirconnell (Irish: Tír Chonaill) present day Donegal, located in Northwestn Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Cannan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannan research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1659, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Cannan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cannan Spelling Variations

Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Cannan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Cannon, O'Cannon, MacCannon, Cannan, Cannen, Cannin, MacCannan, McCannon, McCannan and many more.

Early Notables of the Cannan family (pre 1700)

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Australia Cannan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cannan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Cannan, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cannan (post 1700) +

  • Bonnie G. Cannan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 56th District, 2002 [2]
  • Major-General James Harold Cannan (1882-1976), Australian Director of United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration South-West Pacific from 1946 to 1947 [3]
  • General James Cannan,

  1. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) James Cannan. Retrieved from on Facebook
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