This is a Research page for the Cannell One Name Study
Where Does the Surname Cannell Come From
There is a large concentration of those with the Cannell surname in the Isle of Man. In the British census of 1841, there were a total of 1175 people carrying the Cannell surname. Of these slightly over half (624) were living in the Isle of Man, and many of those on the mainland are also likely to have had origins there. The concentration is strongest, and the presence longest established in the parish of Kirk Michael. The earliest surviving Manx land records (from the 1490s) show three different Cannell households holding land there.
Early Y-DNA testing suggests that all of the Manx Cannells descend from a common ancestor (who was probably born in the 1200-1450 timeframe), and that he or his ancestors originated from the British mainland.
There is a separate, but smaller cluster of Cannells in Britain, particularly from Norfolk. It is unclear whether these are related to the Manx Cannells. Y-DNA testing of a Cannell man of such ancestry would allow us to determine this.