Cannon Family History

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Cannon Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Canann or Ó Canann (Ulster), or Ó Canáin (County Galway) ‘son (Mac) or descendant (Ó) of Canán’, a personal name derived from cano ‘wolf cub’. In Ulster it may also be from Ó Canannáin ‘descendant of Canannán’, a diminutive of the personal name. 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Cannon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cannon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cannon. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Cannon Family Origin

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Cannon Family Occupations

What did your Cannon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cannon family was Coal Miner. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cannon. The most common Cannon occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Cannon's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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Cannon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 394,000 census records available for the last name Cannon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cannon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Cannon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 71,000 military records available for the last name Cannon. For the veterans among your Cannon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cannon Life Expectancy

What is the average Cannon lifespan?

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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