plebeian, is not mentioned in early Roman history.
It came into notice at the beginning of the second century before Ctrist. C. Caninius Rebilus, praetor in B. C. 171, was the first member of the gens who obtained any of the curule offices; but the first Caninius who was consul was C. Caninius Rebilus in B. C. 4.5.
The chief families are those of GALLUS and REBILUS: we also meet with the surname of SATIRIUS, and a Caninius Sallustius is mentioned who was adopted by some member of this gens. [SALLUSTIUS.]