Last name: Cannon

This interesting name is in most cases of early medieval English origin. It does not appear to have anything to do with firearms, but is belived to generally derive from a nickname given to someone who worked at a clergy house, or who gained the name from his dignified or clerical behaviour, or simply by working for 'The Canon' himself. As the real 'Canon' would have been (at least in theory) celibrate, the name cannot be any form of patronymic. The surname originates from the word "canun", itself from the Old French "canonie, canoine", introduced after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and subsequently absorbing the Old English pre 7th Century form "canonic". The ultimate derivation is from the Greek "kanon", rule, measure, in Latin "canon", rule, discipline, giving "canonicus", the source of the Old English word. In some cases the surname Cannon, also found as Canon and Channon, may be an Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic "O'Canain", from "cana", wolf-cub, or "MacCanannain", son of Canannan, derived from "cana" as before. An early church recording is that of John Cannon who was christened at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, in June 1569, whilst the Coat of Arms granted in 1614 by King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, has the blazon of a red field, charged with a double cotised bend in gold, and there on a black pellet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Canun, which was dated 1177, in the "Cambridgeshire Pipe Rolls", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Michelle Green (Cannon)
My family is Cannon's we are from Texas but, I don't know originally. I am trying to trace my family but, I keep hitting a road block. My dad's name is Jesse William Cannon, His fathers name is Sidney William Cannon. and that is all I have...

My father james atlas hill was adopted by daniel bedford cannon. Daniels brothers were named luther and joe .They were from texas.. My father was born in hope mills n.C. But moved to marion n.C.In 1929 after the great marion textile strike(6 people murdered by law enforcement)my dad married nell condrey who died about 1950, he later married francis pittman . I had a brother ken and a sister connie. Ken is now deceased. My nephew dr. Ron cannon is a cancer researcher at the niehs and n.C. State university!

Joey Grundon
My Grandma is Cannon from Lubbock Texas.

Harry Cannon
I have 30509 people in my Cannon family tree. My family came here from Ulster, Ireland and settled in Blandford, Massachussetts. My great uncle Almon Brown Cannon published a bood on our family in 1932, it was given to me as a teen in 1973 and I have continued it for 40 years. I have over 9500 photos, 5000 or birth, marriage, death, divorce, census, etc documents. Anyone interested should let me know. I can be reached at

Harry Cannon
One more thing, before we came from Ireland, our last name was Carnahan, it was not changed to Cannon until my 4th great grandfather Nathan Carnahan's first son changed his to Cannon in 1786

john cannon
The name originates on the isle of man as far as i can tell.

Rena Cannon
Looking for answers. My Cannon side of the family is from Alabama. Wondering if anyone has any clue as to helping me find my lineage.

Alex Cannon

My mother never told me my real fathers name. She named me Cannon. Her affair was have been with a man possibly a Ronald Cannon from Alabama. I am 58 years old.

Helen Cannon
Always wanted to know what my last name meant and where it originated from :)

Wayne Owens
Mine is Samuel Cannon from North Carolina.

Tim Cannon
Is it possible the Scotish name Kennon was changed to Cannon in 1650 in the British Colony in Virginia ? (Following Jamestown settlement )

Ernest Cannon
From Georgia dad was Tom Watson Cannon

Christopher Cannon
My grandpa is Ray Cannon from Texas. My great grandma is Opal Cannon from outside Houston TX. My dad is Ray Edward Cannon from Texas.

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