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

Early Origins of the Canon family

The surname Canon 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 Canon family

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

Canon Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Canon revealed many variations, including Cannon, O'Cannon, MacCannon, Cannan, Cannen, Cannin, MacCannan, McCannon, McCannan and many more.

Early Notables of the Canon family (pre 1700)

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

United States Canon migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Canon or a variant listed above:

Canon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Canon, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Richard Canon, aged 24, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 [1]
  • Quintan Canon, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [1]
  • Stephen Canon, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Canon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Canon, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
Canon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Canon, aged 54, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1837 [1]
  • Vicente Canon, aged 22, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Canon (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Canon Valerie Jackson M.B.E., British Cathedral Archivist and Organiser, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Diocese and World War One Commemoration [2]
  • Rev. Canon Joseph Whately (1730-1797), English clergyman and Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, youngest brother of the politician Thomas Whately
  • Canon William Murrell Lummis MC (1886-1985), British military historian
  • Canon Horace Baugh (1916-2007), Canadian Anglican priest in Montreal, famous for an annual blessing of the pets atop Mount Royal, believed to have blessed over 60,000 pets
  • Canon William Telfer (1886-1968), English Dean of Clare College, Cambridge (1921)
  • Rev. Canon Alan Wilkinson, English Theologian

  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. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook
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