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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicization of the Old Gaelic name "O'Ceanndhubhain", the Gaelic prefix "O" meaning grandson or male descendant (of), and the personal name, "Dubhain", meaning "little black-headed one", from the Gaelic elements "ceann", head; "dubh", black; and the diminutive suffix "-an". Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, or from some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by "O", as above, or "Mac", denoting "son of". The O'Canavans were hereditary physicians to the O'Flahertys of Lemonfield (County Galway); it was (and is) primarily a County Galway name. Today the surname is almost always written without the prefix "O", and though distributed throughout the four provinces is still most widespread in the Connacht Counties of Galway and Mayo...
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    Hi, I'm from Paisley and I believe my ancestors came over to Scotland from Fermanagh, though things get a little muddy around the 1830s.  I'm happy to help anyone with linked branches.  I have a family tree started over on Ancestry which you can view here https://www.ancestry.co.uk/invite-ui/accept?token=ypXtBc2lDiZtgStyUsWgidaAOj2gcxmkPF8llyo0LQA=
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    My gg grand father was John Canavan (1822-1911) and he married Isabella McCaffrey (1818-1899). I can't find any connection for my Canavan family. This in particular family John and Bella lived on the same road, if you will, in Fermanagh. I don't know anything about John;s family other then his marriage and his 4 children. Two came to USA and the others 2 remained living with him until John/s daeth
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    Brian Canavan


    I have Canavans in Fermanagh in my timeline too.  James Canavan baptised in 1800 in Enniskillen.  I wonder if there is a relationship there?


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    Patrick Canavan rough 1820 - 1850
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