Canny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Canny arose in two distinct Irish Septs, the O'Cannys and the MacCannys. The O'Cannys are descended from the powerful O Caithniadh sept, whereas the MacCannys are descended from the Mac Annaidh (later Mac Cannaidh) Sept.

Early Origins of the Canny family

The surname Canny was first found in Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), what is now County Clare, and in Erris, now County Mayo, where the O Caithniadh family of the Ui Fiachrach Muaidhe were chiefs until the 13th century.

Important Dates for the Canny family

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Canny Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Canny, O'Canny, MacCanny and others.

Early Notables of the Canny family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was the MacCanny family of the Castle of Drumbanny, near Limerick. Later the family were of Ballycasey (now Firgrove) in the...
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Canny migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Canny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Canny, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Richard Canny, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Canny, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Judith Canny, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
  • Judith Canny, who immigrated to Maryland in 1673
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Canny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Canny, who landed in Philadelphia in 1801
  • Charles and James Canny, who sailed to New York in 1864
  • James Canny, aged 25, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]
  • Charles Canny, aged 22, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]
  • Margaret Canny, who arrived in New York in 1867

Canny migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Canny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Canny, who settled in Canada in 1847
  • Margaret Canny immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847
  • Miss. Bridget Canny who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Miss. Mary Canny who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Gilmour" departing 24th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Canny, aged 10 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ajax" departing 16th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but he died on board [2]
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Canny migration to Australia

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

Canny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Canny, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer" [3]
  • Mary Canny, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer" [3]
  • Michael Canny, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [3]
  • Mary Canny, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [3]
  • Michael Canny, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
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Canny 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:

Canny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Canny, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Anne Canny, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1878
  • Owen Canny, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
  • James Canny, aged 20, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
  • Mary Canny, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Canny (post 1700)

  • Paddy Canny (1919-2008), Irish fiddler who toured the world including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on St. Patrick's Day in 1958
  • Nicholas Patrick Canny (b. 1944), Irish historian and academic
  • Steven Canny (b. 1969), English playwright and BBC executive producer
  • John F. Canny (b. 1958), Australian computer scientist, best known for developing the Canny edge detector

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 68)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Wanderer.htm
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