The English surname Cann is an habitational name from Cann, a place in Dorset, named from Old English canna meaning “can,” used in the transferred sense of a deep valley, or a topographic name from the same word used elsewhere in southwestern England and Wales. The first reference to the name occurs in 1276 when Richard de Canne is registered in the "Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire." The marriage of John Cann and Katherine Jeles were married at All Hallows church in London, on March 21st 1681.
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