When William A. Cann was born on 1 January 1829, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Lyman Corning Cann Sr., was 26 and his mother, Sarah Bain, was 23. He lived in Salmon River, Clare, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1891. He died on 12 December 1901, in Hectanooga, Clare, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 72, and was buried in Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
English (Devon): habitational name from Cann, a place in Dorset, named from Old English canna ‘can, cup’, used in the transferred sense of a deep valley, or a topographic name from the same word used elsewhere in southwestern England. Alternatively, from Middle English canne ‘can, vessel’, perhaps a metonymic occupational name denoting a maker of vessels for holding liquids.
Irish: shortened form of McCann .
Americanized form of German Kann and Kahn .