McCann Family Crest, Coat of Arms & McCann Name Origin

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Origin of the Name McCann

The ancient history of the name McCann was found in the archives. Meaning 'Wolf-Hound', variants of the name McCann include Canny, McGann and Magann. The MacCann's territory was in County Armagh on the shores of Lough Neagh, and they were known as Lords of Clanbrassil. One of these, Amhlaibh MacCanna, who died in 1155, is described by the Four Masters as a 'pillar of chivalry and vigour of Cinel Eoghain', and the last to be mentioned in the Four Masters died in 1260. Donnell MacCanna was Chief of Clanbrassil as late as 1598. The name is still numerous around the Clanbrassil area in modern times. The most noteworthy of the name in recent times is Michael Joseph MacCann, 1824-1883, author of the poem 'O'Donnell Abu'. A County Limerick variation of McCann is Canny.
The McCann 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 McCann descendants.
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