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Cannings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Cannings has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the region of Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Cannings family


The surname Cannings was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Cannings family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannings research.
Another 368 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1456, 1827, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Cannings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cannings Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cannings have been found, including Canning, Cannings, Cannyng, Caning, Canings, Canyng and many more.

Early Notables of the Cannings family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cannings family to Ireland


Some of the Cannings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cannings family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cannings, or a variant listed above:

Cannings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cannings, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, two children, and servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Cannings (post 1700)


  • Victor Henry Douglas Cannings (1919-2016), English cricketer

The Cannings 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: Dum vigilio tutus
Motto Translation: While I watch I am safe.


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