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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Canny

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. Artful; cunning; shrewd; wary.
  2. Skillful; knowing; capable.
  3. Cautious; prudent; safe..
  4. Having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle.
  5. Reputed to have magical powers.

Etymology: Cf. Icel. kenn skilled, learned, or E. canny. Cf. Kenn

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

Northern English dialect from can (“to know”), from Middle English can, first and third person singular of cunnen, connen (“to be able, know how to”), from Old English cunnan (“to know how to, be able to”). Compare Scots canny, Old English cann (“knowledge, assertion”). More at can, cunning.

canny was also found in the following language(s): Scots

Notable Persons With the Last Name Canny

John F. Canny is a in the field of computer scientist. John was born in 1953.


Nicholas was born in 1944.



Paddy Canny was a folk music of ireland musician. He plays Fiddle. He was most active from 1946 to 1946. Paddy was born Paddy Canny in 1919. He left this life on June 28th, 2008.


Matthew Canny is a sports team member for the White City FC.


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Popularity of Canny as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Canny U.S.
  White 95.10% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Canny

People with the last name Canny are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Canny

  • How Popular is the name Canny? As a last name Canny was the 31,516th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Canny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Canny is Friday, January 5th, 1900.
  • How unique is the name Canny? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Canny. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Canny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Canny. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Canny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 734 people with the last name Canny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Canny? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Canny as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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