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Cann Family History

Cann Name Meaning

Reduced form of Irish McCann. English: habitational name from Cann, a place in Dorset, named from Old English canna ‘can’, used in the transferred sense of a deep valley, or a topographic name from the same word used elsewhere in southwestern England. Americanized spelling of Kann or Kahn.

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


Similar surnames: Cane, Cain, Wann, Gann, Dann, Cano, Mann, Bann, Kann, Ann

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Where is the Cann family from?

You can see how Cann families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cann family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cann families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 253 Cann families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 45% of all the recorded Cann's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Cann families in 1911.
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What did your Cann ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cann. 42% of Cann men worked as a Farmer and 33% of Cann women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cann were Miner and Stenographer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Engineer
    4%
  • Miner
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    33%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 154,000 census records available for the last name Cann. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cann census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Cann. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Cann. For the veterans among your Cann ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cann lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cann life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cann in 1943 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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