Gannon Family History
The family history of the ancient name Gannon
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Gannon
include McGannon and Gannan. These names are derived from the Gaelic Mag Fhionnain sept that was located in County Mayo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
The Gaelic form of this name in County Clare is Mag Canann, sometimes anglicized as MacConnon. Famous bearers of the name include Father Michael Gannon who took part in the 1798 insurrection led by Wolfe Tone, and who was earlier prominent on the side of the aristocracy in the period of the French Revolution. The American actress Mary McGannon, 1829-1868, was of Irish parentage. Nicolas John Gannon, 1829-1875, the famous poet, was born in Kildare.The Gannon
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Gannon