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This interesting name is in most cases of early medieval English origin, from a nickname given to someone who worked at a clergy house, or who gained the name from his dignified or clerical behaviour. The surname derives from the Middle English "canun", canon, a clergyman living with others in a clergy house; the medieval term is a development of the Old French "canonie, canoine", introduced after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and subsequently absorbing the Old English pre 7th Century form "canonic".

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