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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."

Cannan Early Origins



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.

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Cannan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Cannan Early History


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Cannan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannan research. Another 290 words (21 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.

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Cannan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cannan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cannan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cannan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Cannan, aged 31, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cannan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cannan (post 1700)



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

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Cannan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Cannan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cannan 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 September 2016 at 22:19.

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