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1 Fiche signalétique

sz. Kanna
Vie / Buhez : d'origine armoricaine, suit au 6e siècle Kavan en Galles, mère d'Eliant et Tegfan, éponyme de Llanganna
Genre / Reizh : Féminin
Signification / Sinifiañs : origine Celtique, Kann=Blanc éclatant
Variantes / Argemmoù : Kanna (Bretagne) - Kannaig (Bretagne) - Masculin(s): Kann (Bretagne) -

2 Almanach

le 10 mars 2023 ~ d'an 10 a viz Meurzh 2023
Saint(e) du jour ~ Sant(ez) an deiz sz. Kanna (d'origine armoricaine, suit au 6e siècle Kavan en Galles, mère d'Eliant et Tegfan, éponyme de Llanganna)
Proverbe breton ~ Krennlavar Neb a lazh e wreg a ra un dra:

Erbediñ he bara a ra.
[Qui tue sa femme fait une chose: économiser son pain.]

Almanach complet : [Calendrier:Vie des saints]

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prénom féminin, fête le 10 mars

Origine du prénom

Epouse de saint Sagorn.

Diminutif : Kannaig

prénoms celtiques et bretons d'Albert Deshayes :


Diminutif : kannaig

Formé sur kann qui, en vieux breton, avait le sens de "blanc, brillant".

D'origine bretonne selon sa Vie, cette sainte était la fille de Tewdwr Llydaw, lui-même fils d'Emyr Llydaw. Elle épouse saint Sadorn et tous deux suivent Kavan en Bretagne insulaire. À la mort de son mari, elle épouse Alltu Redegog dont elle aura deux enfants, les saints Eliant et Tegfan.

Site Early British Kingdoms :

St. Canna
(Born c.AD 510)
(Welsh: Cenaf; English: Candice)

Canna was a Breton princess, traditionally a daughter of Tewdwr Mawr ap Emyr Llydaw. This man, however, appears to have actually been the grandson, rather than the son, of Emyr Llydaw (Budic II) and was probably the lady's brother. She married her cousin, Prince Sadwrn, a man somewhat her elder, and, together, they became the parents of St. Crallo.

The family moved to South Wales, where Sadwrn got religion and appears to have deserted Canna in order to become a hermit on Anglesey, where he later died. Canna soon remarried to Alltu Redegog, a descendant of King Cadrod Calchfynedd, by whom she had another son, St. Elian Geimiad (the Pilgrim). Depictions of her in art holding a staff which miraculously flowers may suggest a lost legend, similar to that of St. Ciaran's mother, whereby, upon feeling the pangs of childbirth, she grasped at a dry rowan stick which immediately burst into leaf. Which child this would refer to is unknown.

In retirement, Canna became a nun, founding churches at Llangan and Llanganna, and possibly Canton, in Glamorganshire. Her main residence was at Llangan in Caermarthenshire, where her stone 'chair' an still be seen inscribed with her name. The nearby Fynnon Ganna (Canna's Holy Well) was, for centuries, a popular place of pilgrimage.

Canna's festival is celebrated on 25th October. She should not be confused with St. Cain ferch Brychan or St. Caen ap Caw.