Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the MacGannon family in Ireland
was Mag Fhionnain, derived from the word "fionn," which means "fair."
Early Origins of the MacGannon family
The surname MacGannon 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.
Early History of the MacGannon family
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MacGannon Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname MacGannon that are preserved in archival documents are Gannon, Ganon and others.
Early Notables of the MacGannon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGannon family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name MacGannon to North America: Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Gannon who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Conner Gannon and Mary Gannon arrived in Canada in 1839..