The surname McGannon 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.
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The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McGannon revealed spelling variations, including Gannon, Ganon and others.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McGannon name:
McGannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
James McGannon, aged 26, who immigrated to America, in 1895
McGannon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Mary McGannon, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Quilty, Ireland, in 1909
Joseph McGannon, aged 26, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1911
Thomas McGannon, aged 19, who landed in America from Quilty, Ireland, in 1915