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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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.

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.

stacey cannon

mine as well birmingham and greensboro

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

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

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

Rena Cannon
My grandfather's name was also Harry Cannon, from Alabama.

Joey Grundon
My Grandma is Cannon from Lubbock Texas.

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!

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...

kyle cannon
funny your name is green and cannon my mother was a green and dad is a cannon ...from ohio lol

John Alexander Cannon
It is amazing how many people have our name I come from Captain Cannon the slave traders line. I have often wondered if the many African American Cannons got their name from him.

Thomas Kempt

My grandmothers name is Anne Green and she married Daniel Cannon. We are from the Toronto area

My family myth or legend is that came from Ireland, but originally were from Spain or Portugal. My maternal ancestors were shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland. The furthest I can go back without the records in the parish's of rural Eire is about 1820 to my grandmothers great grandmother...who married a man whose surname was Cannon. They had at least one child, a daughter who became a Hirst/Hurst. Her daughter moved to Oldham, England by 1880... But I still have that Cannon 'look' about me...I take after my mum, who looks like the Mrs Cannon, her great, great grandmother , back in Ireland. And yes, copper red hair and bright blue, even turquoise / aqua-marine eyes run through my maternal line too...

Mark Cannon
My last name is Cannon I live in Massachusetts my grandfather died before I was born so I never got to know the man but he was from DFW Texas. I do know I am of Irish descent and proud of it and my name.

Tyra C.
:) I'm a cannon too! I'm african american! So many cannon's here!!

hello i am african american and interested in my family history i am a new orleans native and would love to talk and share information

dustin cannon
The darker skinned cannon's heritage came from a man in Europe who settled in Barbados. Sorry to tell you but your not African american.

Sean Crosby
My family consist of Cannon and St Cyr from New Orleans, I currently live in Philadelphia.....on fb Sean Shareef-Crosby

John Alexander Cannon
@dustin how do you know that?

Michael Cannon
Not a drop of English blood in me, I can assure you.

I was conceived in Donegal and born in Belfast. My family are from Milford, County Donegal, about 1/2 an hour or less from Letterkenny. Our family name was noted in the Annals of Clonmacnoise in 937.

Letterkenny, County Donegal, takes its name from the Irish Leitir Ceanainn, meaning "Hillside of the O'Cannons" – the O'Cannons being the last of the ancient chieftains of Tír Conaill. Although the O'Cannons were the last ruling chieftains in Tír Conaill, no evidence of forts or castles belonging to the clan exists in or around the Letterkenny district (leading to speculation on a possible derivation of the name Letterkenny: from the Irish 'Leitir Ceann-Fhoinn', meaning 'Fairheaded Hillside').

The O'Cannons are allegedly descended from two of Ireland's most renowned Kings:

Conn of the Hundred Battles and Niall of the Nine Hostages. The O'Cannons have been described as 'Ancient Princes of Tír Connaill' and 'Valiant Chiefs'. However, their 350-year dynasty in Tír Connaill ended in 1250. Their ancient territory would seem to have been Tír Aeda (now the barony of Tirhugh) at the mouth of the River Swilly.

After the deaths of Ruairí Ó Canannain (Rory O'Cannon) and his son Niall Ó Canannain in 1250, the sept declined greatly in power. Brian Ó Néill (Brian O'Neill) died ten years later in 1260; he had supported an Ó Canannain claimant to Tír Conaill, i.e. to the Kingdom of Tír Conaill (Tirconnell). However, the O'Cannon Clan remained subserviant to the O'Donnell Clan, the Kings of Tír Chonaill from the early thirteenth century onwards. The personal name Canannain is a diminutive of Cano meaning 'wolf cub'. Canannain was fifth in descent from Flaithbertach mac Loingsig (died 765), high-king of Ireland; they were the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages (Irish: Niall Noigiallach), who died c. 405 A.D. by his son, Conall Gulban who gave his name to Tír Conaill, the 'Land of Conall', now County Donegal.

By the early 17th century the name Uí Canannain had been anglicised to O'Cannon. Further anglicisation took place during the Penal Laws in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the name in County Donegal became Cannon. In the early 1880s, there were just 200 families bearing the Cannon surname living in Co. Donegal, who were mainly tenant farmers. The Cannons/O'Canannains were of the ancient sept of Cenell Conaill, a branch of the northern Ui Neill and descend from Ruaidrí Canannain (died 30 November 950), King of Cenel Conaill, and grandson of Canannain, who flourished in the second half of the 9th century.

Michael Cannon
Nice to see all this information. I've been searching for this information knowing my family, Cannon's, were from the same origins ... Donegal. I appreciate this info very much. If you have more information and have the time, i would love to know more. you can email me at ... Thanks again

Steven Earl Cannon
I can only track back to my great grandfather who was George Cannon(Arkansas), My Grandfathers name was Almond Pete Cannon(Arkansas), and my fathers name is Harlan Earl Cannon(Texas). If anyone has any info on our family please reply. Thanks Steve Cannon

Ralph Wayne Cannon
I am looking for any information regarding the parents and any siblings of my late grandfather, James Leanders Cannon, born July 7, 1871 in (I believe) Birmingham, Alabama. He left Alabama for Texas as a young man of 19 and never spoke of the family he left behind. Am I descended from a great or great-great uncle who vanished? You may contact me at Thank you for any information you can provide.


Are you African American, and I ask this because my "paternal family" of Cannons are from Greensboro, Alabama and I grew up in Birmingham. My father was George Cannon, and he had brothers named Harry and Charlie, and a sister named Sally, and in fact I have a photo of my Great Grandmother who was born in 1898. In the late 1800s several Cannons migrated to Oklahoma and then sent for the rest of the family, and a large number of them-many ex-slaves did leave for that journey, but never made it although it was thought that some of them were killed in a hurricane in Texas. There are also some other Cannons in Birmingham who are traced to Greensboro and there are also some Cannons in Montgomery, Alabama, and this is why I ask whether you are African meircan, and it is interesting that the name Charlie and George appear to be common among the Alabama Cannons. It is also interesting

Glenn Cannon
Looking for the documented parents of John William Cannon (b. 22Mar1833 - d.7Mar1912) from the Butler, PA area. (

Someone has linked up a "Daniel Cannon" as his father, but I have several other sources that suggest other parents. Anyone out there know or can help? Thanks!


Glenn Cannon
you can reach me at:
ocglenn at hotmail dot com


Are you from Alabama???

Jacqueline Steele
My Great Grandfather was a Cannon from Ireland and immigrated to the USA and married a Cherokee Indian. His son, Charlie, my Grandfather lived and died in Texas in the early 70's. I am hoping to find some useful info as I don't know much more than that.

Hi, my maiden name is Cannon :) There are many by that name in England and a few in Scotland, but the vast majority of us hail from Ireland.

John Cannon
I can only find my great great grandfathers name nothing more he was in Lindale Ga

Joe Cannon
Im Joe Cannon from MN cannon is old very old can be traced back 2 a old wolf clan or sum king somthing like that

Brenda Cannon
My father, John Cannon was from Hertfordshire, England. The family seems to have been firmly embedded in that county at least from the early 18th century, which is as far back as I've benn able to find out.

Brenda Cannon Smith
This is interesting.... As you can see, I too am Brenda Cannon AND my father's name was John Cannon. My father's family came from the area where Kentucky and Tennessee meet.

alan cannon
My family is from Ky. and Tn.and parts east I think.

Louise Cannon
The Cannon's in my family seem to all originate from Hunsdon, in Hertfordshire, going back to 1791. Interesting! Are you on Ancestry, Brenda?

V Cannon
I am a Cannon from eastern North Carolina and I have always wanted to know where my father's people come from. Before my father died he never could tell us much about his family. I am african american and I would love to know my family name. Until then I just say my name is Irish, English and French.

HI V. Cannon my name is Jean Cannon and I from Louisiana born in a little town call clinton la I am also trying to fine out what Cannon I am, and i am also African American if you found where it orgin from please reply hot we can chat I am on facebook . by for now

S. Cannon ....mailstop1@

Sandrew Cannon
Hi, I'm also African American my great-grandfather was John Marshal Cannon from Clinton! The family is in Chicago is hosting a family reunion The second week in July of 2013 Please contact 1773-315-0038 would love to hear from you ! By the way we held a reunion in Morgan City a few years back

Victoria Cannon
Hi, I am also V Cannon! Nice to read all of this.:_) I am from England.

My name is Vickie Cannon and African American. My father was James Cannon Jr. I would love to know more about my father's family.

Ebony Cannon
So, how do I know if I am an: Irish, Scottish, or English "Cannon". I am having a Wax Seal Ring made of the Cannon Crest and I do not know which version I am to choose? All three are very similar, but it would be a massive waste of money (and not to mention EMBARRASSING) to choose the wrong origin of nationality. I live in Western North Carolina, anyone know??? I do not have any Grandparents or elder relatives left alive to give me any information. Thank You For Your Time, Ebony Cannon

Eileen Cannon
Irish Cannons can be traced back to Ruaidrí Ua Canannain, high king of Tir Conaill, an area encompassing County Donegal in the North West of Ireland, in the 10th Century. Ruaidrí was 6th in line to the throne of Ireland and a direct decendant of Niall Noígíallach or Niall or the Nine Hostages as he is more commonly known. Niall can be traced back to Míl Espáine, the ancestor of most Irish Gaels. There is a ton of information on this on Wikipedia. So there you go - we are royalty!!

Hi all, Im Shona Cannon! Im in england.

Harley Cannon
Does anyone live in Australia if so contact me at

Harley Cannon
Haha the history of the Cannon name is muddled up, who knows what is true or false, a story is a story facts are needed. We are all over the world yet drawn together by name and an ancient bloodline.

Anthony Cannon
Harley you are absolutely right. I am English and my search of my direct ancestry leads me to think that we may stem either from French background (after 1066 in England) or a product of Anglo Saxon England. Interesting stuff eh? Good luck everyone in pursuit of your roots.

Linda Cannon
@Drew, hey MY father claims he worked with an Irish kid who broke into hysteria claiming all Cannons were horse thieves, etc. Seems to be one of those genealogy memes, not sure where the truth in that is. In my research, I found one Cannon who was banished to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread. He was 12 years old. Hardly a criminal! Anyway, my Cannon clan spent decades in Missouri and then N. Dakota.

Declan Cannon
Some of the Irish Cannon Clan come from county Donegal Ireland. The Biggest town in Donegal is called Letterkenny and its Irish name is Leitirceanainn meaning the hillside of the O Cannons.

Drew Cannon
My father worked with an Irish kid who broke into hysteria when he found out he was a Cannon claiming they were all horse thieves and murders LOL. I didn't know this yea I guess it does explain the blond hair and green eyes.

Jeff Cannon
It's pretty cool to find this much history of my/our last name. Portland, OR

j cannon
ive never met another cannon before

James Mooney

My great-great-grandfather was Micheal Cannon. He had no boys. I guess you never meet any Cannon, because they tend to have girls? He was the first of my ancestors to live in Pittsburgh in the 1840's.

Amy Cannon
Woohoo! Cannon for the win!

Craig Cannon
Hmm, I bet I could pass for Irish... I love seeing all the Cannon names on here. :)

my mother had blue/green eyes and beautiful curley red hair...and a hot firey temper to match...

Well I am african american...

Sky Cannon

simon cannon
I am a cannon decendant of the kings of tirconnel who ruled tirconnel and all of Ireland for nearly 500 years. Erin go braugh (bragh)(Ireland forever).


I am a black Cannon as well.