Meaning and Origin of: Cannon

Boy name origins & meanings

  • French : Official of the church
  • Old English : Knowing
  • Old French : Cannon

Family 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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