Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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