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

Early Origins of the McConnon family

The surname McConnon 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 McConnon family

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

McConnon Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the McConnon family name include Cannon, O'Cannon, MacCannon, Cannan, Cannen, Cannin, MacCannan, McCannon, McCannan and many more.

Early Notables of the McConnon family (pre 1700)

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Canada McConnon migration to Canada +

The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name McConnon:

McConnon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ellen McConnon, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Huron" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McConnon (post 1700) +

  • James C. McConnon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [2]


  1. ^ 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. 43)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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