The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of KANIS is a German and Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for a maker of metal vessels. The name was derived from the German word KANNENGIESSER, literally meaning 'can pourer', one who poured metal alloy into a mould to make cans. The name is also spelt KANARIS, KANNEGIESSER, KANNER, KANNEG and KANNEGIETER. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. A notable member of the name was Constantine KANARIS (1790-1877) the Greek naval officer and statesman, born on the Isle of Ipsara. A merchant captain, he was one of those who provided their own ships for service in the struggle for Greek independence. He used fireships to blow up the Turkisk flagship in the Strait of Chios (1822) repeated the feat in the harbour of Tenedos, and in 1824 burnt a Turkish frigate and some transport ships. He was appointed to important commands, and was made a senator in 1847. He was prime minister of Greece on three occasions between 1848 and 1877 and took part in the revolution that put George I on the throne in 1863.
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