Cannon

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since 1880
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Cannon

"Cannon" is a name of English origin, and it means "Clergyman". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Can"non
Senses
  1. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force.
  2. [Mech] A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
  3. [Printing] A kind of type. See Canon.

Note: ☞ Cannons are made of various materials, as iron, brass, bronze, and steel, and of various sizes and shapes with respect to the special service for which they are intended, as intended, as siege, seacoast, naval, field, or mountain, guns. They always aproach more or less nearly to a cylindrical from, being usually thicker toward the breech than at the muzzle. Formerly they were cast hollow, afterwards they were cast, solid, and bored out. The cannon now most in use for the armament of war vessels and for seacoast defense consists of a forged steel tube reinforced with massive steel rings shrunk upon it. Howitzers and mortars are sometimes called cannon. See Gun.

Etymology: F. cannon, fr. L. canna reed, pipe, tube. See Cane

verb Can"non
Senses
  1. To discharge cannon.
  2. To collide or strike violently, esp. so as to glance off or rebound; to strike and rebound."He heard the right-hand goal post crack as a pony cannoned into it -- crack, splinter, and fall like a mast." [Kipling.]
noun and verb Can"non
See Carom.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
  2. Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
  3. A large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
  4. Heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
  5. (Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
  6. Heavy gun fired from a tank
  7. Fire a cannon
  8. Make a cannon
Wiktionary

Borrowed around 1400 from Old French canon, from Italian cannone, from Latin canna.

This spelling was not fixed until about 1800.

  1. A complete assembly, consisting of an artillery tube and a breech mechanism, firing mechanism or base cap, which is a component of a gun, howitzer or mortar. It may include muzzle appendages.
  2. A bone of a horse's leg, between the fetlock joint and the knee or hock.
  3. (historical) A large muzzle-loading artillery piece.
  4. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A carom.
    In English billiards, a is when one's cue ball strikes the other player's cue ball and the red ball on the same shot; and it is worth two points.
  5. (baseball, figuratively, informal) The arm of a player that can throw well.
    He's got a out in right.
  6. (engineering) A hollow cylindrical piece carried by a revolving shaft, on which it may, however, revolve independently.
  7. (printing) Alternative form of canon (a large size of type)

Notable Persons Named Cannon

Cannon and Ball is an observational comedy, musical comedy, satire, and musical theatre comedian. Cannon was given the name Thomas Derbyshire .

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Cannon and Saber is a comics character.

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Cannon is a comics character.

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Cannon Hawke is a comics character.

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Cannon & Fetzer is an influential individual.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cannon

Nick Cannon is a rapper, actor, comedian, television host, radio personality, entrepreneur, and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Scott Cannon on October 8th, 1980 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Dyan Cannon is an actress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer, and film director. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Dyan was given the name Samille Diane Friesen on January 4th, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

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Kay Cannon is a writer, actor, and actress. Kay was born in United States.

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Annie Jump Cannon was a scientist. Annie was born on December 11th, 1863 in Dover, Delaware, USA. She passed away on April 13th, 1941.

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DJ Don Cannon is a hip hop music, rhythm, and blues disk jockey, record producer, songwriter, and disc jockey. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to 2005. DJ was given the name Donald Earl Cannon on August 2nd, 1979 in Philadelphia. DJ is also known as DJ Don Cannon.

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Freddy Cannon is a rock and roll singing. He plays Human voice and Guitar. He has had major accomplishments since 1958. Freddy was given the name Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr. on December 4th, 1936 in Revere, Massachusetts.

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How popular is the baby name Cannon in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1904 6 0 6
1916 5 0 5
1918 6 0 6
1919 6 0 6
1920 7 0 7
1922 5 0 5
1926 8 0 8
1927 5 0 5
1946 5 0 5
1950 7 0 7
1953 6 0 6
1962 5 0 5
1968 5 0 5
1969 12 0 12
1970 12 0 12
1971 14 0 14
1972 21 0 21
1973 21 0 21
1974 10 0 10
1975 9 0 9
1976 7 0 7
1977 14 0 14
1978 8 0 8
1979 8 0 8
1980 13 0 13
1981 11 0 11
1982 7 0 7
1983 10 0 10
1984 15 0 15
1985 13 0 13
1986 13 0 13
1987 13 0 13
1988 16 0 16
1989 16 0 16
1990 28 0 28
1991 23 0 23
1992 24 0 24
1993 30 9 21
1994 59 0 59
1995 59 5 54
1996 84 6 78
1997 73 0 73
1998 81 0 81
1999 95 0 95
2000 119 0 119
2001 134 7 127
2002 137 7 130
2003 196 5 191
2004 225 12 213
2005 264 7 257
2006 273 10 263
2007 322 7 315
2008 392 7 385
2009 404 5 399
2010 424 10 414
2011 498 5 493
2012 501 9 492
2013 499 9 490
2014 507 0 507
2015 477 7 470
2016 547 17 530

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Popularity of Cannon as a first name

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Popularity of Cannon as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cannon U.S.
  White 69.78% 64.26%
  African American 24.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cannon

People with the last name Cannon are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cannon

  • How Popular is the name Cannon? Cannon is the 3,095th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cannon was the 466th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cannon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,814 babies born with the first name Cannon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cannon to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cannon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cannon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cannon is Friday, August 8th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Cannon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cannon was in 2016 with a total of 530 babies.
  • Random Cannon Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cannon is not a popular baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Cannon: Your name in reverse order is Nonnac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oannnc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cannon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 71,085 people with the last name Cannon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cannon? Cannon was ranked as the 466th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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