Cannon 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 Cannon is O Canain, from the word "cano," which means "wolf cub."

Early Origins of the Cannon family

The surname Cannon 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 Cannon family

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

Cannon Spelling Variations

The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Cannon dating from that time include Cannon, O'Cannon, MacCannon, Cannan, Cannen, Cannin, MacCannan, McCannon, McCannan and many more.

Early Notables of the Cannon family (pre 1700)

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Cannon World Ranking

In the United States, the name Cannon is the 373rd most popular surname with an estimated 74,610 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Cannon is ranked the 730th most popular surname with an estimated 5,323 people with that name. [2] And in the United Kingdom, the name Cannon is the 699th popular surname with an estimated 9,577 people with that name. [3]


United States Cannon migration to the United States +

A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Cannon:

Cannon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward and Ann Cannon who settled in Virginia in 1646
  • Edward Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1646 [4]
  • Joan Cannon, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • Joane Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
  • Dorothy Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cannon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [4]
  • Mary Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [4]
  • Ellinor Cannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [4]
  • Richard Cannon, who settled in Georgia in 1732 with his wife Mary, two sons, and a daughter
  • Richard Cannon, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Cannon, who arrived in America in 1810 [4]
  • Patrick Cannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Hugh Cannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [4]
  • Bridget Cannon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Robert Cannon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Cannon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cannon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Cannon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Cannon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eleanor Cannon, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Cannon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Bridget Cannon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Cannon, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Australia Cannon migration to Australia +

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

Cannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Cannon, (Carman), (b. 1785), aged 38, Irish House keeper who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 20th November 1823, arriving in New South Wales, Australia and Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Isaac Cannon, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • John Cannon, a cartwright, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Cannon a surveyor, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Cannon, British convict who was convicted in Fredericton, Nova Scotia, Canada for 21 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Cannon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cannon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Cannon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Cannon, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. William Cannon, (b. 1813), aged 27, British Labourer travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Cannon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 [10]
  • Mary Cannon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Cannon migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Cannon Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Cannon, who settled in Barbados in 1660
Cannon Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • John Cannon, who settled in Jamaica in 1716

Contemporary Notables of the name Cannon (post 1700) +

  • Joseph D. Cannon, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1916 [12]
  • Steve Cannon (1935-2019), American writer and the founder of the cultural organization A Gathering of the Tribes
  • William Abb "Billy" Cannon (1937-2018), American football running back and tight end, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1976
  • General John Kenneth Cannon (1892-1955), American Commanding General of the Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia (1951-1954) [13]
  • Major-General Peter Leo Cannon (1897-1962), American Adjutant-General of Rhode Island (1941-1945) [14]
  • Lieutenant-General Robert Milchrist Cannon (1901-1976), American Deputy Commander in Chief US Army Pacific (1959-1961) [15]
  • Dyan Cannon (b. 1937), American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer
  • Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (1912-1996), birth name of Minnie Pearl, American country comedienne who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (1940 to 1991)
  • Charles Albert Cannon (1892-1971), American President of the Cannon Mills Company from the 1920's to the 1960's
  • Tommy Wayne "T.C." Cannon (1946-1978), important Native American artist of the 20th century
  • ... (Another 107 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Lionel James Cannon (1914-1941), Australian Telegraphist from Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • John Cannon, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert James Cannon (1915-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert Henry Cannon, English Inspector from Kensington, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [19]


Suggested Readings for the name Cannon +

  • The Cannon Family by Edward Pugh Cannon.
  • Cannon Family Historical Treasury by Beatrice Cannon Evans.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  3. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) John Cannon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cannon/John_Kenneth/USA.html
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Peter Cannon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cannon/Peter_Leo/USA.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Robert Cannon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cannon/Robert_Milchrist/USA.html
  16. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  17. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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