Early Origins of the O'Cannavan family
The surname O'Cannavan was first found in Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat
as hereditary physicians to the O'Flahertys. Traditionally, this great sept is descended through the Fihillys from Muredach Maolleathan the 16th Christian King of Connacht
. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion
of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable.
Early History of the O'Cannavan family
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O'Cannavan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Canavan, O'Canavan, Canaman, Kinevan, Kinavan, Kanavan, O'Kennevain and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Cannavan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Cannavan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thos. Cannavan, who arrived in New York in 1832; Martin Cannavan, who came to Dubuque Co., IA in 1832; Biddy Canavan, who settled in New York in 1849.