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CANN Family HistoryThis unusual and interesting name has two possible origins, both dating from Anglo-Saxon (pre-Norman) times. The first of these is a locational source, in which the modern surname derives from the place called 'Cann' in Dorset, which is recorded as 'Canna' in circa 1100, and means '(the settlement in) the deep valley', derived from the Old English pre 7th Century word 'canna', can, used in the transferred sense of a deep valley. In some cases, the modern surname may also be topographical, denoting residence in such a valley; this usage was confined mainly to South West England.
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