Origin of the Name Cannon
The ancient history of the name Cannon
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Cannon
include Canning, Cannings, O'Cannon and Cannan. Cannon is a common English surname derived from the ecclesiastical word 'canon'. It is also the anglicized form of the name of two quite distinct Irish Septs. One Sept is O'Canain, these being a Hi Many, Ui Maine Sept of the same stock as the O'Maddens and belonging to Southern County Galway though nearly extinct there now. The other is O'Cannannain abbreviated to O'Canann, an old Tirconnell Sept whose chiefs the annalists called Kings of Cinel Conaill. They were subjugated by the powerful O'Donnells in the thirteenth century and sank into obscurity. Descendants of minor families of the Sept, however, remained in their ancestral territory. In the seventeenth century they were numerous in County Donegal. The site of the ancient castle of the O'Cannons is near Letterkenny in Donegal. The name Kenny is used in that district as a synonym of Cannon.
The Cannon coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Cannon descendants.