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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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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.

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.


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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.

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

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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


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, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway
  • 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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The Gannon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gannon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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