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Cannon Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Ó Canann or Ó Canáin ‘descendant of Cano or Canán’. Occasionally and in the Isle of Man the surname derives from Mac Canann ‘son of Cano or Canán’ which in Ireland was Anglicized McCann or McConnon . See also Connon . The personal name is from Gaelic cano ‘wolf cub’ of which Canán is a diminutive. In Ulster Cannon may also be shortened from Ó Canannáin ‘descendant of Canannán’ a pet form (double diminutive) of the personal name. This was a cheiftan family in Donegal and the name was particularly common there. English: from Middle English canun ‘canon’ (Old Norman French canonie canoine from Late Latin canonicus). In medieval England this term denoted a clergyman living with others in a clergy house; the surname is mostly an occupational name for a servant in a house of canons although it could also be a nickname or even a patronymic. French: variant of Canon .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cannan, Gannon, Bannon, Hannon, Shannon, Connon, Channon, Cason

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You can see how Cannon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cannon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cannon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 83 Cannon families living in Tennessee. This was about 11% of all the recorded Cannon's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Cannon families in 1840.
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What did your Cannon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cannon. 18% of Cannon men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Cannon women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cannon were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cannon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cannon in 1942 was 34, and 71 in 2004.

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