The Canavan Family

Canavan family crest

(Crest No. 239. Plate 53.)

THE Canavan family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Fiacha, ancestor of the Southern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Caoiniughan and signifies “The Mourner.” The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Galway, where they were hereditary physicians.