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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Gannon family in Ireland was Mag Fhionnain, derived from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

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The surname Gannon was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gannon family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gannon, Ganon and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gannon research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1798 is included under the topic Early Gannon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Gannon:

Gannon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gannon, who arrived in America in 1798

Gannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William R Gannon, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Gannon, who landed in New York in 1837
  • Michael Gannon, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847
  • John Gannon, who arrived in Maryland in 1849
  • Rose Gannon, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
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Gannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Gannon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Ritchard Gannon, aged 30, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Mary Gannon, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Patrick Gannon, aged 17, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Conner Gannon and Mary Gannon arrived in Canada in 1839

Gannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Gannon, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"

Gannon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gannon, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Catherine Gannon, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
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  • Yvonne Gannon, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1972
  • W. P. Gannon, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1932
  • Thomas G. Gannon, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1914, 1916
  • Martin J. Gannon, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • M. V. Gannon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1908
  • Joseph Gannon, American politician, Mayor of Chicago Heights, Illinois, 1935-45
  • John J. Gannon, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1972; Presidential Elector for New York, 1972
  • John Gannon, American politician, Mayor of Hibbing, Minnesota, 1922, 1924-25
  • James F. Gannon, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1932
  • Frank S. Gannon, American Republican politician, Candidate for borough President of Richmond, New York, 1925
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Gannon Historic Events



Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Matthew Kevin Gannon (1954-1988), American Foreign Service Officer from Los Angeles, California, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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